Ronald D. Fussell, EdD
Ronald D. Fussell, EdD

Ronald D. Fussell, EdD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments


  • Education


  • Assistant Professor


A native of New Hampshire, Dr. Fussell has enjoyed a successful career as an educator and leader in both public and Catholic schools. Prior to joining the Education Department faculty at Creighton, Dr. Fussell was the Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Manchester (NH), where he led innovative efforts to improve diocesan curricula, leadership development, teacher and principal evaluation, and Catholic school identity in service to 26 schools and nearly 6000 Catholic school students in the State of New Hampshire.

Currently, Dr. Fussell is a core faculty member in Creighton's innovative educational leadership programs.  Dr. Fussell teaches courses for aspiring Catholic school leaders, and he directs the Graduate Certificate in Catholic School Leadership.

A passionate advocate for Catholic education, Dr. Fussell is honored to have a national voice regarding important topics such as lay Catholic educator faith formation, Catholic school identity, and Catholic school leadership development. Dr. Fussell is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences for Catholic education and he is available for professional development for Catholic schools and dioceses seeking to strengthen Catholic school identity across all aspects of school life.

Publications and Presentations


  • Fussell, R. (2018). Tending Your Flock – The Catholic School Leader’s Role in Building a Professional Faith Community. Momentum49(1). [Accepted for publication 11/5/18], Momentum, Vol. 49, Issue 1, In press, to be determined, 2019
  • Fussell, R. (2016). Sowing seeds of leadership through an aspiring leadership academy. Momentum, 47(3)., Momentum, Vol. 47, Issue 3, 2016
  • Fussell, R. (2013). It’s not about the technology, it’s about the relationships. Momentum, 44(4), 36-38., Momentum, Vol. 44, Issue 4, 36 - 38, 2013
  • Fussell, R. (2012). Catholic schools serve students by providing a sanctuary in the open heart of Christ.  Momentum, 43(2), 44-46., Momentum, Vol. 43, Issue 2, 44 - 46, 2012


  • Fussell, R. (2017, July) Steering the battleship: Change is at the Heart of Catholic school improvement. NCEA Talk [Online Blog] , National Catholic Educational Association, 2016


  • Fussell, R. (2018, October 19). Animating our Faith in a Collegial Culture: Cultivating Relationships of Respect and Harmony. St. Stephen the Martyr School.  Omaha, NE (full day retreat)., 2018
  • Fussell R., & Cook, T. (2018, October 9). Animating our Faith: Engaging Core Values to Cultivate Catholic School Identity. Mundelein, IL. (full-day educator workshop), 2018
  • Simonds, T. & Fussell, R. (2018, July). A Total Plan to be Known as Catholic: Resource Allocation.  NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders. Los Angeles, CA, 2018
  • Fussell, R. (2018, June) Steering the Battleship: Managing the Change Process in a Catholic School. Iowa Catholic Administrators Conference. Des Moines, IA, 2018
  • Cook, T. & Fussell, R. (2018, March) Kindling the Flame: Faith Leadership in Catholic Schools. Presentation for Midwest Province Jesuit Principals. Omaha, NE, 2018
  • Fussell, R. (2017, July). Steering the Battleship: Managing the Change Process in a Catholic School.  NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders.  Boston, MA., 2017
  • Fussell, R. (2016, September 14). Feed My Sheep: A Framework for Lay Educator Faith Formation.  Diocese of Manchester.  Manchester, NH (presentation for Catholic school administrators in northern New England), 2016
  • Fussell, R. (2016, July 20). Bridging the Gap Between Lay Educator Formation and Catholic School Identity.  NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders.  Omaha, NE., 2016
  • Fussell, R. (2016, July 18). Cultivating Emerging Leadership with an Aspiring Leadership Program.  NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders.  Omaha, NE., 2016
  • Fussell, R. (2016, October 24). Feed My Sheep: A Framework for Lay Educator Faith Formation.  NCEA Catholic School Leadership Summit.  Indianapolis, IA.

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Catholic School Leadership, Catholic School Mission and Identity, Lay Educator Faith Formation, Teacher Professional Development

Current Research Projects

  • Engel, M. T., Fussell, R., Simonds, T. A., Brock, B. L., & Cook, T. J. (2019). Your Catholic school’s identity: Name it, claim it, and build on it. Book accepted for publication by the National Catholic Educational Association.

    Fussell, R. (2018). Feed my sheep: A framework for lay educator faith formation in Catholic schools. Journal of Catholic Education.

    Simonds, T. A., Cook, T. J., Engel, M. T., Fussell, R., & Hearn, J. (2019). Preparing pastors to be leaders of parish schools. Journal of Catholic Education.

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, Creighton University, 2016
  • School Administrator of the Year, New Hampshire Music Educators Association, 2014