CFE Faculty Associates

CFE Faculty Associates

The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) offers faculty an opportunity to develop their passion for teaching and scholarly work, who have expertise in any of the areas listed below within the CFE Faculty Associates Program. Topics related to Scholarly Teaching, Learning and Assessment

  • High Impact Instructional Strategies
  • Experiential Learning Pedagogies and Impact on Student Learning and Achievement
  • Curricular Innovation and/or Development
  • Collaborative Practices
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Apply to be a Faculty Associate:  Now open Call for Associates (2022-2024) with deadline of March 21, 2022


2022-2024 awarded CFE Associates

Manuel Cevallos, MD
Department of Medical Education
School of Medicine (Phoenix)

Manuel Cevallos is an Assistant Professor of the Medical Education Department in the School of Medicine on the Phoenix campus. He is a physician who graduated from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, specializing in General Surgery. Years later, he did a postdoctoral fellowship in the Molecular Surgeon Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. He is completing his master's Education in Learning Design and Technologies program at Arizona State University. His passion for teaching started when he explained the lessons to his classmates; he later did surgical anatomy lessons for fellows and physicians. Currently, he is teaching medical students the Anatomy course, clinical Skills, and facilitator in Humanities and Ethics courses. He is grateful to have the opportunity to serve as a CFE Associate, where he will share topics such as microlearning, digital educational technology, and parallel curriculum.

Erika (Dakin) Kirby, PhD
Department of Communication Studies
College of Arts and Sceinces

Erika (Dakin) Kirby, PhD, is a Professor of Communication Studies and the A.F. Jacobson Chair in Communication. She studies diversity|equity|inclusion|belonging, the intersections of working and personal life, and social change. She teaches courses on race, social justice, organizations, and communication. She co-edited two editions of Gender Actualized: Cases in Communicatively Constructing Realities with Dr. Chad McBride and has published in numerous outlets in her discipline. She is the current Co-Chair of the National Steering Committee for the Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Conference, and is a past-president of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender. She has trained and facilitated for the past 20 years for varied organizations. She is the Senior Facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League of the Great Plains, where she has done anti-bias and inclusion work for 15 years. She also teaches Jazzercise multiple times a week and is a proud parent to two Creighton graduates, Meredith and Sam.

Gintaras K. Duda, PhD
Department of Physics
College of Arts & Sciences

Gintaras Duda is a professor and chair of physics at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended Villanova University as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California Los Angeles in 2003. Trained as a particle theorist, his primary disciplinary research interest is the problem of dark matter: composition, detection, and fundamental theories/origins. In addition to astro-particle physics/cosmology, he is also deeply interested in questions of science and religion and dabbles in physics education research and the history of science. Gintaras has received numerous teaching awards, including a Creighton College of Arts and Sciences award for excellence in teaching in 2010, and the Creighton University Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship in 2014. He was named the 2013 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Outstanding Masterís Universities and Colleges National Professor of the Year. On a personal note, Gintaras has been married for 22 years and has two sons ages 11 and 15. He enjoys strategic board games, science fiction, and is an avid lover of Italian opera.

Bobbie Greiner, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
Department of Occupational Therapy
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Bobbi Greiner, OTD, OTR/L, BCP is an Assistant Professor and Vice Chair for Curriculum and External Relations in the Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. Dr. Greiner graduated with her Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) from Creighton in 2005 and joined the OT faculty in 2014. Dr. Greiner is the program director for the Creighton Occupational Therapy Fellowship programs and serves on the Roster of Fellowship Reviewers for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She holds a board certification in pediatrics through AOTA and was an item writer for the pediatric board certification examination. She is a co-instructor of record for the pediatric content in the entry-level OTD program and holds a secondary appointment in the Master of Sciences in Rehabilitation and Master of Sciences in Occupational Therapy Program in the Graduate School.

Dr. Greiner is the OT curriculum committee chair and oversees the committee responsibilities including curriculum review, accreditation compliance, and the syllabus template. She has more than four years of experience co-teaching and team teaching and was invited to present on the topic with a colleague for the Fall 2021 School of Pharmacy and Health Professions all-school workshop. Current scholarship pursuits relate to academic service learning, scholarship of teaching and learning in a hybrid environment, and OT fellowship education.

Kenneth L. Kramer, PhD
Department of Biomedical Sciences
School of Medicine

Ken Kramer is an associate professor and Chair of the Medical Education Department in the School of Medicine. He is also the M1 Component Director. A developmental biologist and anatomist by training, Ken teaches anatomy and histology to medical and graduate students. Through their gracious patience and diligence, Ken has changed almost all his lectures over the last several years to active-learning sessions using primarily team-based, case-based, and self-directed learning approaches.

Paul McGreal, JD, LLM
School of Law

Paul McGreal is a professor at the School of Law, where he teaches classes on property law, constitutional law, and state and local government law. Previously, Paul has taught full-time at University of Dayton School of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law, and South Texas College of Law. Throughout his teaching career, he has been an early adopter of technology to improve student learning, and he has taught hybrid and online courses for over 15 years. He plans to use his time as a faculty associate to explore and expand active learning in his large section first-year courses.

Archana Palakkal Meethil, BDS, MDS, MDSc
Department of Periodontics
School of Dentistry

Archana Meethil, BDS, MDS, MDSc, a board certified periodontist, currently works as an assistant professor in the division of Periodontics, School of Dentistry, Creighton University. She graduated with a dental degree from Tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai, India. She then received a masterís in Periodontics from the same university in 2007. Following her graduation, she worked as a faculty in the department of Periodontology, SRM Kattankulathur Dental College in Chennai, India, from 2007-2016 However, the desire to upgrade and refine her skills propelled her to enroll for her second masters in Periodontics at the University of Connecticut, which she successfully completed in 2019. She was then associated as a research assistant in the department of Periodontics at Ohio State University till august 2020.

Dr Meethil has actively mentored predoctoral and post graduate students, both didactically and clinically. Dr Meethil is a proud recipient of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation Fellowship award for Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL) Institute for Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions. She is actively involved in faculty practice within the university as well as has been an associate periodontist in private practice. Dr Meethil has her share of research experience in basic microbiological research and clinical research projects, few of which have been published. She is also the recipient of Tannenbaum/ Schoor Memorial award by the Northeastern Society of Periodontology. Dr Meethil has been an active speaker, delivering lectures in various conferences in India and abroad. She is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the Indian society of Periodontology.

Jessica Seaman, EdD
Deanís Office & AZ Health Education Alliance
School of Medicine & Graduate Medical Education (Phoenix)

Jessica Seaman, EdD, is the Assistant Dean for Faculty Development in Creightonís School of Medicine. She is also the Academic Success Consultant for GME on the Phoenix Health Sciences Campus, supporting Alliance residents, fellows, and faculty with all academic needs Ė including time management, learning strategies, teaching techniques, CV writing, and study plans. She has been involved in education for over 25 years, as a public school educator, administrator, and university professor. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and her masterís and doctorate degrees in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. Jessica and her husband, Jared, both grew up in Mesa, AZ, where they have also raised their six children.  


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