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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.

Feranda Williamson, EdD


Feranda Williamson was appointed dean of Capella's School of Education in 2012, having previously served as the dean of Capella's School of Undergraduate Studies. Prior to joining Capella in 2005, Dr. Williamson held leadership positions at Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. From 1998 to 2004, she served as the college's dean of continuing education and from 2004 to 2005, as dean of career programs. During her time there, she was an Outstanding Education Administrator award recipient from the 7th Congressional District. She previously was employed by Robert Morris College from 1981–1998, first as a member of the business faculty and then as associate dean/program director. Since 1994, Dr. Williamson has also served as president/CEO of the ECC Music Workshop/Chicago Mass Choir, an award‐winning, Grammy‐nominated gospel choir. Dr. Williamson received her BS in Education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois; her MA in Adult Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago; and her EdD in Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.

Kim Spoor, PhD


Dr. Kim Spoor serves as faculty chair for the K–12 Studies specialization. She was principal of the Ojibwe School, a tribal grant school, and subsequently, became an assistant professor at the College of St. Scholastica. There, she served as the director of student affairs in teacher education and directed the Ojibwe Language and Culture Education program. Dr. Spoor's background also includes a 13-year career in health services, which included respiratory therapy, hemodynamic monitoring, and polysomnography. Dr. Spoor's professional interests include diversity leadership; equity education with a focus on American Indian education and culture; and qualitative research. Dr. Spoor received her BA in Social Science from The College of St. Scholastica along with an EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education, with an emphasis in Human Development and Psychology. Dr. Spoor's PhD in Education is from Capella University.