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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.

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.