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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.

Phyllis Misite, PhD

Interim Chair, Higher Education Programs, School of Education

Dr. Misite has been with Capella since 2003, serving in various roles including instructor, faculty lead of the Higher Education Leadership Specialization, course subject matter expert, and member of multiple university committees and pilot initiatives.  Before joining Capella, she held administrative positions during her career in higher education including Program Director, School Director, and Dean of Continuing Education in the non-profit higher education sector. In those roles, she developed courses, a new degree program, and adult education certificates. Her greatest interest and experience reside in competency based curriculum development, intercultural education, and faculty development. Dr. Misite received her M.A and Ph.D. from Boston College in Curriculum, Instruction and Administration with a concentration in Higher Education Administration.