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Notable Faculty

Every faculty member in the Capella School of Public Service holds a doctoral degree. Our experienced instructors provide expertise to regional, national, and international public service and health care organizations including emergency response agencies, law enforcement, Fortune 500 health care organizations, the U.S. armed forces, and the U.S. government.

John Darland, PsyD, MPP

Faculty Chair

Dr. John Darland serves as the Faculty Chair for the Public Administration Leadership program areas. Dr. Darland, who has worked at the university since 2002, has also served as faculty chair for the Learner Success and Faculty Engagement area in the School of Public Service Leadership, which is responsible for the First Course experience and faculty coaching. Before joining Capella, he worked as a clinical psychologist in a variety of mental health settings, as well as a mental health policy analyst for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Dr. Darland holds a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University and an MPP in Public and Nonprofit Management from the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

Micheal Kemp, PhD, CEM


Micheal Kemp is faculty chair for the the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Science (MS) in Public Safety joint degree program within the School of Public Service Leadership and has served as a faculty member since 2010. Dr. Kemp is an original member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation of Comprehensive Emergency Management Research and a senior advisor with Integrated Solutions Consulting. His professional experience includes teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in emergency management and homeland security at American Military University, participating in a weapons of mass destruction civil support team, and serving in a security and anti-/counter-terrorism unit of the U.S. Marine Corps. Dr. Kemp has published and spoken on emergency management topics in numerous professional forums and worked on social and physical vulnerability, natural and technological hazard identification, critical infrastructure, asset protection, and physical and personal protection issues with several county and state entities. He holds a PhD and MS in Emergency Management, a College Teaching Certificate from North Dakota State University, and an MS in Criminal Justice from Minot State University; Dr. Kemp is also an IAEM Certified Emergency Manager.