Previous Associates

Previous Associates

2021-2023 awarded CFE Associates

The CFE Associates are facilitating programming this fall.  Learn more about the programs and register to join in the conversation influencing faculty development.

Ronald Fussell, EdD
Department of Education
College of Arts & Sciences

Ronald Fussell is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Chair of the Education Department, where he teaches classes that focus on Catholic school leadership in the MS in Educational Leadership program.  Previously, Ronald was a Catholic school administrator and the Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Manchester.  In that role, he designed adult learning experiences for over 600 Catholic school teachers in the State of New Hampshire.  He is grateful to have the opportunity to serve as a CFE Associate, where he will explore practical strategies for promoting relationship building and student engagement in the online learning setting.

Maya M. Khanna, PhD
Department of Psychological Science
College of Arts & Sciences

Maya Khanna grew up in rural Oklahoma, but found her way to the Oklahoma School Of Science and Mathematics in Oklahoma City for high school. Then, she went to Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate training in Psychology and Neuroscience. After graduating, Maya?s first job was as a high school science teacher with Teach For America in San Jose, CA. This was her first exposure to pedagogical science. After her two-year commitment with TFA, Maya went on to graduate school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she earned an M.S., and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology. Maya and her husband eventually found their way to two academic positions in Omaha. Mike is a professor of psychology at UNO. Maya?s research has focused on a variety of areas in cognition including cognitive development, reading, memory, attention allocation, and the science of teaching and learning. She uses her knowledge and training in memory and cognition to examine ways to improve student learning. In her CFE project and presentation, Maya will share some of her insights in how to design and perform class-based studies of student learning.

Brian Kokensparger, PhD
Department of Computer Science, Design & Journalism
College of Arts & Sciences

Brian Kokensparger is an associate professor of computing and digital humanities in the Computer Science, Design & Journalism department.  His passion is making computer programming and applied technology accessible to everyone.  He has presented on research methods, pedagogy, and assessment to Creighton audiences numerous times over the years and was a 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship Award.

Faith Kurtyka, PhD
Department of English
College of Arts & Sciences

Faith Kurtyka is an associate professor of in the English department. She uses qualitative and quantitative research methods to study undergraduate culture and its influence on students? writing practices. Her work has appeared in College English, Peitho, Literacy in Composition Studies, Composition Forum, and JAEPL. She also serves as managing co-editor of Composition Forum. She is looking forward to facilitating TLC workshops on the teaching of writing.

Shelly Luger, DNP, RN
College of Nursing

Shelly Luger received a DNP in Organizational Leadership and a Certificate in Health Professions Education from The University of Kansas. She is currently Assistant Professor and Track Lead for graduate Nursing Leadership Tracks at Creighton University. Shelly has held several leadership positions in nursing and nursing education. She participated in a health policy residency program supported by the Department of Health and Human Services, Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality, and the United States Preventative Services Task Force. She is an Evidence- Based Practice mentor and has orchestrated student cultural immersion and service- learning opportunities on the Rosebud Reservation. Shelly is passionate about providing nursing leadership and systems improvement consulting to organizations with free health clinics and currently provides this service at the Monen Clinic.  Her current project interests include using narrative nursing leadership as a method to develop resiliency in current and future nurse leaders. 

Mark Reedy, PhD
Department of Biology
College of Arts & Sciences

Mark Reedy is associate professor of cell biology and Chair of the Biology Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. A developmental biologist by training, Mark teaches upper-level courses in cell biology and developmental biology in addition to General Biology (freshman biology) and was the 2018 recipient of the Kennedy Award for Teaching.  His experiences teaching the large enrollment General Biology courses led to Mark?s interests in SOTL and the effective use of multimedia tools in the classroom, and he looks forward to facilitating workshops on those topics as a CFE Associate.