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Notable Faculty

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.

Kim Spoor, PhD

FACULTY CHAIR

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.