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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..

Jason Mixon, EdD


Dr. Mixon serves as associate dean of the School of Education. He was previously an associate professor and director of doctoral programs at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership at Lamar University in Texas. Prior to that position, he was a visiting professor of educational leadership and policy at the University of Texas at Tyler. In addition, he has an extensive background in public education. Dr. Mixon was a high school teacher, athletic coach, middle school assistant principal, and high school principal in Texas. As a scholar, Dr. Mixon has co-authored several books in the areas of intercultural responsiveness in English language learning, education leadership, and leadership for principals and superintendents. Additionally, he has authored or presented scholarly work on educational and interculturally responsive leadership in the role principals and superintendents play in school and district culture and community. Dr. Mixon currently serves as a board member on the National Council of Professional Educational Administrators (NCPEA) and is on the editorial review board of The Journal of Teacher Development. Dr. Mixon holds an EdD in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University, as well as an ME in Educational Leadership and a BS in Political Science and History from the University of Texas at Tyler.