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Notable Faculty

Charlyn Hilliman, PhD, MPA


Dr. Charlyn Hilliman serves as the interim dean for Capella University’s School of Public Service Leadership. Dr. Hilliman has worked for the university since 2006, having served on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and as a scientific merit reviewer; a residency instructor; a subject matter expert in research, criminal justice, and public administration; and the comprehensive examination lead. Most recently Dr. Hilliman served as the faculty chair for the Capella University’s public administration degree programs. Dr. Hilliman also spent her career in health care information technology leadership at Columbia University and Florida International University, and has worked as a director of community programs evaluations and policy initiatives for the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Hilliman holds both a PhD and Master of Philosophy in Criminal Justice from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY..

Steven Brancazio, M.S., CHS-III


Steven Brancazio, M.S., CHS-III, Faculty Chair for Criminal Justice in the School of Undergraduate Studies at Capella University, has had a distinguished career in both law enforcement and higher education. During his 20-year career in law enforcement, he held various positions including patrol officer, street crimes investigator, squad supervisor, internal affairs investigator, recruiter, district commander, and support services commander. Mr. Brancazio retired as a Captain in 2007.  Following his law enforcement career he became adjunct faculty at Florida Atlantic University School of Criminal Justice and Criminology in Boca Raton Florida. In 2008 he joined Capella University as an adjunct professor in Public Safety. In 2014 he was named the Faculty Chair of Public Safety in the School of Undergraduate Studies. Mr. Brancazio holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the University of Louisville Administrators Officer course. He is also a graduate of the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Program at Florida Atlantic University. He is certified through the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.