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Notable Faculty

Barbara Butts Williams, PhD


Dr. Barbara Butts Williams is the Dean of Business in Capella University's School of Business and Technology. While at Capella, she has served as dean of the School of Education, interim dean of the School of Business and Technology, director of the MBA program in the School of Business, and faculty director for graduate programs in the School of Business and Technology. Dr. Butts Williams has had a varied executive career in the public, private, academic, and consulting sectors. Prior to joining Capella, she was president of Growth Partners Consulting, a firm she founded to provide executive coaching, product development, strategy, organizational effectiveness and development, and talent management solutions. Dr. Butts Williams' professional experience also includes such positions as officer of global leadership and development, vice president of marketing and sales, and marketing director. She has also served on several academic, community, and civic boards, and has been appointed by two Minnesota governors to serve on statewide planning boards. Dr. Butts Williams was also recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology. Her research interest is on the meaning and significance of work in people's lives.

Shelley Robbins, PhD

Faculty Chair

Dr. Shelley Robbins is faculty chair for the Human Resource Management specialization in the School of Business and Technology. She joined Capella in 2002, initially serving as executive director of the School of Business, and later as a senior core faculty member in the School of Business and Technology. At Capella, Dr. Robbins has taught in the leadership and organizational development areas, where she has developed curriculum for new and existing programs. Dr. Robbins has also taught full time at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University, the University of St. Thomas, and the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include leadership, women and leadership, organizational innovation, and change and development. She has written articles and book chapters on leadership, strategy, and e-learning and has presented papers at national and international conferences. Dr. Robbins holds a PhD in Strategy and Organizational Behavior from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois.