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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.

Amy Smith, PhD

Dean, School of Education

Dr. Amy Smith serves as Dean for the School of Education. In her 25-year career in education, she has held leadership positions in both public and private P-12 education, beginning as a high school English teacher, with increasing leadership roles as department chair, Principal, and eventually leading teams in building charter schools. Dr. Smith’s higher education experience began as a professor of education at Kent State University and Western Oregon University, with continued leadership as a Department Chair at Concordia University Chicago and a Dean at the University of Phoenix. Her service includes authoring sections the national teacher preparation standards for the National Council Teachers of English, being an assistant editor for the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, member of a charter school network Board of Directors, and columnist for a trade publication where she provided soft-skills career advice for multiple magazines and audiences. Dr. Smith holds a PhD in Educational Leadership: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver, a MEd in administration and supervision from National-Louis University in Chicago, an MA in secondary education from the University of Akron, and a BA in English from the University of Colorado.

Melissa McIntyre-Brandly, PhD


Dr. Melissa McIntyre‐Brandly has been a core faculty member with the Capella School of Education since 2004. In addition to her experience with Capella, Dr. McIntyre-Brandly has worked as curriculum director, assistant principal, and special education coordinator in the Killeen ISD, and as an online faculty member for Argosy University. She has also taught courses in special education, and for active duty military personnel. Dr. McIntyre‐Brandly's educational background includes a BS in Sociology from Texas A&M University-Central Texas, an MA in both Educational Administration and Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and a PhD in Educational Administration from Capella.