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Notable Faculty

At the graduate level all Capella University faculty members from the School of Public Service Leadership have a doctoral degree and all faculty in social work are licensed social workers, both in advanced generalist practice and clinical social work. Capella instructors in the Master of Social Work (MSW) and Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree programs have extensive expertise in generalist and clinical social work practice working with individuals, families, organizations, and communities. They’re also proficient in designing programs to meet state and national accreditation standards.

Charlyn Hilliman, PhD, MPA

INTERIM DEAN

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..

Brian Christenson, PhD

FACULTY CHAIR

Dr. Christenson has worked for Capella University in the Doctoral Social Work Program for more than five years and was promoted to the Chair of the Social Work Program in October, 2014, following his leadership as the DSW Program Lead at Capella University. Dr. Christenson obtained his BSW from Lewis-Clark State College, his MSW from Eastern Washington University, and a PhD in Education and Organizational Leadership and Adult Higher Education from the University of Idaho.