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Notable Faculty

Nearly all of Capella University faculty members from the School of Public Service Leadership have a doctoral degree and are licensed social workers, both in advanced generalist practice and clinical social work. Capella instructors in the Master of Social Work (MSW) and Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree programs have extensive expertise in generalist and clinical social work practice working with individuals, families, organizations, and communities. They’re also proficient in designing programs to meet state and national accreditation standards.

Beth Koenig, JD


Beth Koenig serves as Dean for the School of Public Service Leadership at Capella University. With an over 20-year career in higher education, she has taught, advised, and mentored both undergraduate and graduate students. She has also developed and supported numerous sponsored research initiatives and has led several enterprise-wide, university infrastructure improvements.

In addition to background in education, Beth has worked in government relations, has served as a Minnesota Supreme Court qualified mediator, and presented best practices in building university research. She also sponsored program initiatives to local, state, national, and international audiences. Beth holds a JD from Hamline University School of Law and a BA from St. Catherine University (formerly the College of St. Catherine) in Speech Communication and Music, Opera Performance.

Brian Christenson, PhD


Dr. Christenson has worked for Capella University in the Doctoral Social Work Program for more than five years and was promoted to the Chair of the Social Work Program in October, 2014, following his leadership as the DSW Program Lead at Capella University. Dr. Christenson obtained his BSW from Lewis-Clark State College, his MSW from Eastern Washington University, and a PhD in Education and Organizational Leadership and Adult Higher Education from the University of Idaho.