Journalism, Media & Computing

Brian Kokensparger, Ph.D.

Brian Kokensparger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Science

402.280.2878
Hitchcock 212B
bkoken@creighton.edu

Brian Kokensparger, Ph.D.

Teaching Statement

Brian Kokensparger teaches computer science, professional writing, and programming for humanists in the Department of Journalism, Media & Computing. He enjoys developing courses that emphasize active learning over lecturing, and utilize the full power of BlueLine, our learning management system. He rewards creativity and initiative in the classroom, and advises majors as well as new freshmen to Creighton. He has a particular interest in advising and working with first generation students (students whose parents did not finish a college degree) and low SES students.

Biography

Brian Kokensparger was born and raised in Perry County, Ohio, which also was the childhood home of Edward and John A Creighton. He was raised on a Christmas tree farm, and was the first in his family tree (no pun intended) to attend a university and complete a college degree. He came to Creighton as a student in 1985, and began working full time here in 1988, taking on several staff roles in the Fine & Performing Arts department (as department administrative assistant and promotion coordinator), the College of Arts & Sciences Deans' Office (as academic advisor, technology coordinator, and assessment coordinator), and the computer arrhythmia monitoring department (as systems programmer) on the hospital side.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Creighton in English - Creative Writing, his Masters of Computer Science degree from Creighton, and more recently his Ph.D. in Education Studies (Instructional Technology) from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He has two daughters who are both off doing wonderful things in the world, and his wife and two cats to which to return home.

Current Research

Brian's research has covered a number of areas, but most recently is involved in these pursuits:

  • Linguistic Complexity in Shakespeare's Plays (inspired by acceptance into the Early Modern Digital Agendas 2015 institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.)
  • Teaching Digital Humanities in the Computer Science Curriculum
  • Prospect Hill Cemetery - digitizing a geo-aware smartphone application that will provide information and aid for cemetery visitors and researchers from afar.

Students who are interested in helping with this project can join Brian's research team by emailing him.