Brian J. Kokensparger, BA, PhD
Brian J. Kokensparger, BA, PhD

Brian J. Kokensparger, BA, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Journalism, Media & Computing

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Education

  • Ph.D., Instructional Technology, Univ. of Nebraska Lincoln, Dec. 2013
  • M.C.S., Computer Science, Creighton University, Dec. 1997
  • B.A., English -- Creative Writing, Creighton University, May 1991

Certifications

CITI Certified

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Kokensparger, B. Transformational Programming: Using the Shakespeare Corpus to Help Students Learn Decision Structures (Nifty Assignment). , Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 31(5), 160-162, 2016
  • Kokensparger, B. Seven Reasons Why the Shakespeare Corpus is an Excellent Training Context for Digital Humanities Programming., Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 31(5), 125-132, 2016
  • Kokensparger, B. Meaningful Geometrics: Bridging Scratch to Python (Nifty Assignment). , Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 30(5), 107-109, 2015
  • Kokensparger, B. A Question of How We Learn. Omaha, Nebraska. , Creighton University Magazine, 30(2), 22-25, 2014
  • Kokensparger, B. Using Test Questions as a Sole Method for Assessing Student Critical Thinking Skills in a Computer Organization Course. , Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 29(5), 145-151, 2014
  • Kokensparger, B., Brooks, D. W. Using Audio Introductions to Improve Programming and Oral Skills in CS0 Students. , Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 29(1), 68-73, 2013

Publications

  • Kokensparger, B., & Taylor, A. The Effectiveness of Violence Prevention Training at Creighton University: Results of the Year 3 Survey. White paper of analyzed survey results published to external audience (Women's Center for Advancement)., 2015
  • Kokensparger, B., & Taylor, A. Personal Violence Experiences Reported by Students Before and After Matriculation to Creighton University. White paper published to external audience (Women's Center for Advancement)., 2014

Presentations

  • Kokensparger, Brian (Author and Presenter), AJCU-CC 2016 (Jul 13-16, 2016 in New Orleans) "Let Them Take Pictures:  Linguistic Landscape as a Service Learning Pedagogy." (July 14, 2016)., 2016
  • Kokensparger, B. "Re-Visiting Linguistic Complexity in Shakespearean Drama," EMDA 2015 Reunion Meeting, Folger Institute, Washington, DC. (May 17, 2016), 2016
  • Kokensparger, B. "John Creighton: Blazing the First Internet," (Chatauqua-style presentation funded by the Nebraska Humanities Council), Lincoln County Museum, North Platte, Nebraska. (May 12, 2016), 2016
  • Kokensparger, B. (Author & Presenter), Linguistic Landscape 8, Liverpool, U.K., "Institutionalized Hostility:  The Lack of Bilingual Signage at Nebraska Rural Hospitals," Liverpool, UK. (April 29, 2016)., 2016
  • Kokensparger, B., AEA Faculty Development Presentation, " “Place-Based Learning: Thinking Beyond Creighton¹s Borders”, Creighton Academic Excellence and Assessment, Omaha, Nebraska. (April 5, 2016)., 2016
  • Kokensparger, B. (Author & Presenter), CCSC-CP Regional Conference, "Transformational Programming: Using the Shakespeare Corpus to Help Students Learn Decision Structures," (Nifty Assignment) The Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, St. Joseph, Missouri. (April 1, 2016), 2016
  • Kokensparger, B. (Author & Presenter), CCSC-CP Regional Conference, "Seven Reasons Why the Shakespeare Corpus is an Excellent Training Context for Digital Humanities Programming," (Paper) The Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, St. Joseph, Missouri. (April 1, 2016), 2016
  • Kokensparger, B. "How Linguistic Complexity in the Shakespeare Corpus Relates to the Production History of a Commercial Shakespearean Theatre." Digitorium, 2016, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (March 4, 2016)., 2016
  • Kokensparger, B. "Helping Them Find the Line: Teaching Hactivism in the Modern University" (Paper Presentation). Dalton National Institute on College Student Values, Tallahassee, FL (February 5, 2016)., 2016
  • Kokensparger, B. & Graham, K. "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Magis Course-Level Assessment and Renewal," Creighton University Assessment Symposium, Omaha, Nebraska. (November 12, 2015)., 2015
  • Kokensparger, B., AJCU-CC Communications Annual Meeting, "Digital Humanities: A New Way to Do Ignatian Research?," AJCU, Boston, Massachusetts. (July 24, 2015)., 2015
  • Kokensparger, B. (Author & Presenter), CCSC-CP Regional Conference, "Meaningful Geometrics: Bridging Scratch to Python," (Nifty Assignment), The Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri (April 10, 2014)., 2015
  • Kokensparger, B. AEA Faculty Development Series, "Ten Ways to Measure Student Learning with What You Already Have," (2 part workshop seriew) Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. (March 25 and April 1, 2015)., 2015
  • Kokensparger, B. & Duda, G. "Getting Started in Assessment: Nuts and Bolts," Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. (February, 2015)., 2015
  • Kokensparger, B. (panelist and table moderator) "The Assessment Mentoring Program," Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. (January, 2015)., 2015
  • Kokensparger, B. National Assessment Institute, "A Size to Fit All: Creating a Capstone Project Rubric to Assess Three Vastly Different Programs," Indiana University -- Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Indianapolis, Indiana (October 20, 2014), 2014
  • Kokensparger, B., AEA Faculty Development Series, "Co-Curricular Workshop Series," Creighton Academic Excellence and Assessment, Omaha, Nebraska. (Three sessions presented in the month of October, 2014)., 2014
  • Kokensparger, B., RSP Jesuit Martyr Facilitations, "RSP Jesuit Martyr Facilitations (three sessions)," Ratio Studiorum Program, Omaha, Nebraska. (Three sessions given in the Fall 2014 semester, beginning October, 2014)., 2014
  • Kokensparger, B., AJCU-CC Communications Annual Meeting, "One Communications Project Rubric Fits All: Or Does It?," AJCU, Fairfield, Connecticut. (July 17, 2014)., 2014
  • Kokensparger, B. (Author & Presenter), CCSC-CP Regional Conference, "Using Test Questions as a Sole Method for Assessing Student's Critical Thinking Skills in a Computer Organization Course," The Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, Fulton, Missouri. (April 4, 2014)., 2014
  • Kokensparger, B. (Author & Presenter), Time Out for Lunch Series, "Getting Assessment Data Out of Canvas and Into Taskstream: Test Item Analysis," Creighton University Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment, Creighton University. (February 28, 2014)., 2014
  • Kokensparger, B. (Author & Presenter), Time Out for Lunch Series, "Getting Assessment Data Out of Canvas and Into Taskstream: Rubrics," Creighton University Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment, Creighton University. (February 12, 2014)., 2014
  • Kokensparger, B. (Author & Presenter), AEA Time Out for Lunch Series, "Quantitative Analysis Workshop," Creighton University AEA, Omaha, Nebraska. (November 20, 2013)., 2013
  • Kokensparger, B. (Author & Presenter), Student Research Conference, "Train, Theatre, or Telegraph: The Future of Face-to-Face in Higher Education," University of Nebraska -- Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska. (November 9, 2013)., 2013
  • Kokensparger, B. (Author & Presenter), Time Out for Lunch Series, "Survey Design, Implementation and Management," Creighton University AEA, Omaha, Nebraska. (October 30, 2013)., 2013
  • Kokensparger, B. (Author & Presenter), CCSC-Midwest Conference, "Using Audio Introductions to Improve Programming and Oral Skills in CS0 Students," Consortium for Computer Science in Colleges, Findlay, Ohio. (September 21, 2013)., 2013
  • Wirth, E. (Presenter), Kokensparger, B. (Presenter), AJCU-COMM Meeting, "Merging Departments and Organizational Culture," American Jesuit Colleges and Universities, San Jose, California. (July 19, 2013)., 2013
  • Kokensparger, B. (Author & Presenter), InstructureCON 2013, "Educational Data Mining Prospects With Canvas," Instructure, Inc., Park City, Utah. (June 20, 2013)., 2013
  • Kokensparger, B. (Author & Presenter), 2013 International Institute for SoTL Scholars and Mentors, "Audio Introductions as an Intervention to Improve Programming in CS0 Courses," IISSAM, Los Angeles, California. (May 31, 2013)., 2013
  • Kokensparger, B. (Presenter), Staff Development Series, "TaskStream AMS Demo," Creighton University, Creighton University. (November 16, 2012)., 2012
  • Kokensparger, B. (Panelist), PMED (Pre-Medical Seminar), "Pre-Health Application Resources," Creighton University, Creighton University. (November 9, 2012)., 2012
  • Kokensparger, B. (Presenter), AET--The Experience, "Demo of BlueLine2 and TaskStream Assessment Tools," Creighton University, Creighton University. (November 1, 2012)., 2012
  • Kokensparger, B. (Presenter), AET--The Experience, "Demo of BlueLine2 and TaskStream Assessment Tools," Creighton University, Creighton University. (October 29, 2012)., 2012
  • Kokensparger, B. (Moderator), Assessment Certification Workshop, "Table Facilitator -- Assessment Steps," Creighton University, Creighton University. (October 29, 2012)., 2012
  • Kokensparger, B. (Moderator), Assessment Startup Workshop, "Table Facilitator -- Assessment Steps," Creighton University, Creighton University. (March 26, 2012)., 2012
  • Kokensparger, B. (Panelist), PMED (Pre-Medical Seminar), "Pre-Health Application Resources," Creighton University, Creighton University. (February 3, 2012)., 2012

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Digital Humanities
    Corpus Analytics of Early Modern Literature
    Computer Science Education
    Assessment

Current Research Projects

  • Prospect Hill Cemetery Project
    Assessment of High Impact Courses
    Textual Analysis of Student Writing

Grant Funding Received

  • Kokensparger, B., "General Harney and the Blue Water Massacre," Sponsored by Non-Western Studies Program Committee, Creighton University, $800.00. (October 15, 2013 - June 30, 2014). (Internal Grant)
  • Kokensparger, B. (Principal), "AEA Teaching Project Seed Grant," Sponsored by Creighton University AEA Office, Creighton University, $1,000.00. (July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010). (Internal grant based on Midwest Consortium Funds, which was a Federally-Funded Granting Agency through Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Awards and Honors

  • "Iggy" Award, Creighton Edge Program, 2014
  • Faculty Partner of the Year, Creighton Student Support and Services Office, 2014
  • Dean's Award for Professional Excellence in Pre-Major Advising, Creighton College of Arts & Sciences, 2012
  • Teacher of the Year, Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education, 2008