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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.

Constance Hall, EdD, MSN, RN


Constance Hall, EdD, MSN, RN has joined us in the newly created role of Faculty Chair for Graduate Nursing. Faculty members teaching in the MSN and DNP programs will report to Constance. Both Constance and the yet to be named undergraduate program chair will report to Christy Davidson. Constance brings over twenty five years of nursing education and clinical nursing experience to her new role. Her career has included nursing service administrative positions, faculty, and academic leadership roles. She has demonstrated expertise in nursing education curriculum development and her area of research focuses on nursing students’ perceptions of stress producing situations. She maintains certification in the specialties of medical-surgical and oncology nursing. A strong public health advocate, Constance has a laudable record of service and leadership to agencies focusing on prevention of HIV, teen pregnancy, and domestic violence. Constance notes, “Education of patients, families, nursing staff, and students has been a constant throughout my career. My passion for education and its transformative power is central to everything I do.” Constance is a native of Pine Bluff, AR and now resides in Nashville, TN. She is married to Cornelius and they are the proud parents of: Chelsie, Ariel, and Tristen. Her hobbies include playing classical piano, cooking, and reading. She also loves spending time with her grandson.