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Notable Faculty

Sue Talley, EdD

Dean of Technology

Sue Talley is the dean of Technology in Capella University's School of Business and Technology. Dr. Talley joined Capella University's School of Undergraduate Studies as a faculty director in 2006 and became associate dean for Information Technology and Public Safety in 2007. Her background includes faculty and program director positions at Pepperdine University. She was the Principal Investigator for a grant from the U.S. Department of Education on the use of technology in teacher education. She also worked for Apple Computer in Cupertino, CA. Dr. Talley is also advocating for an increase of women in IT professions. She completed her master's and doctoral work in Educational Technology at Pepperdine University. She received her bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from Macalester College. Her research interests include online learning and faculty professional development, particularly the use of case-based learning.

Melissa L. Zgola, MS

Faculty Chair

Melissa Zgola joined Capella University in 2007 as an adjunct faculty member for the School of Technology and became a core faculty member in 2008, teaching courses in networking technology and software architecture. In 2012, she was named faculty chair for the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program in the School of Business and Technology and served in that role until 2014 when she became faculty chair for the Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology Management and the MS in Analytics programs.

Prior to joining Capella, Melissa spent several years as an online facilitator, instructor, and program director with The Art Institute Online, the Pittsburgh Technical Institute and ITT Technical Institute. She also served as an engineering technician for the Department of Labor, and senior system analyst for the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counseling from West Virginia University, and a MS in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.