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Notable Faculty

Capella's School of Education faculty members are active and experienced in their professions, and nearly all members hold a doctoral degree. From P–12 teachers, administrators, and higher education faculty to leadership, curriculum designers, and grant writers, our faculty hold top academic credentials in the areas they teach and many are published authors. Noteworthy contributions include sitting on the Executive Board for the National Association of Community and Technical Colleges, directing an Ojibwe Language and Culture Education program, and creating a middle college high school of 240 students on a college campus.

Bill Dafnis, PhD


Bill Dafnis is the Interim Dean and faculty chair of Technology for Capella University's School of Business and Technology. Dr. Dafnis' professional background includes 20 years of leadership positions with newspaper media publishing in operations, business development, project management and information technology. In the field of higher education, Dr. Dafnis has served at various institutions as a technology faculty member, Associate Dean and Dean of Information Systems and Technology. His research interests focus on disruptive innovation, information security and business process modeling. Dr. Dafnis is a project management professional (PMP) and holds a PhD in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University, an MSIT with an Information Security and Assurance Specialization from Carnegie Mellon University, MBA from Lake Forest College and a BA from the University of Illinois.

Melissa McIntyre-Brandly, PhD


Dr. Melissa McIntyre‐Brandly has been a core faculty member with the Capella School of Education since 2004. In addition to her experience with Capella, Dr. McIntyre-Brandly has worked as curriculum director, assistant principal, and special education coordinator in the Killeen ISD, and as an online faculty member for Argosy University. She has also taught courses in special education, and for active duty military personnel. Dr. McIntyre‐Brandly's educational background includes a BS in Sociology from Texas A&M University-Central Texas, an MA in both Educational Administration and Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and a PhD in Educational Administration from Capella.