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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.

Jim Wold, PhD

Interim Dean

Dr. Jim Wold is the Executive Director for the College of Professional Studies and Interim Dean for the School of Education. Dr. Wold began his Capella career in 2002 as Dean in the School of Education (2002-2006). He served as Associate Dean (2007-2009) leading the NCATE Accreditation Team and served as Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (2010-2012). Dr. Wold’s professional career prior to Capella includes 25 years in K-12 education, holding positions as district superintendent, high school principal, and high school teacher. In addition to his background in K-12 education, Dr. Wold worked 8 years in various private sector roles including educational consultant, sales and marketing manager, and business owner. His professional interests include career coaching, leadership and organizational development. Dr. Wold holds a PhD in Educational Administration from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

Jamie Barron, EdD


Dr. Barron holds doctoral and master's degrees in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is experienced in workforce development and adult education, works as a corporate trainer, and is a professional grant writer. Prior to joining the faculty at Capella, Dr. Barron was responsible for writing and securing more than $2 million per year in federal and state grants, which were utilized to create and deliver unique educational and training programs in a variety of settings. Her research interests include: action research; curriculum and program design; fostering resilience; adult education; distance education; and workforce development.