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Notable Faculty

Every faculty member in the Capella School of Public Service holds a doctoral degree. Our experienced instructors provide expertise to regional, national, and international public service and health care organizations including emergency response agencies, law enforcement, Fortune 500 health care organizations, the U.S. armed forces, and the U.S. government.

Beth Koenig, JD


Beth Koenig serves as Dean for the School of Public Service Leadership at Capella University. With an over 20-year career in higher education, she has taught, advised, and mentored both undergraduate and graduate students. She has also developed and supported numerous sponsored research initiatives and has led several enterprise-wide, university infrastructure improvements.

In addition to her background in education, Beth has worked in government relations, has served as a Minnesota Supreme Court qualified mediator, and presented best practices in building university research. She also sponsored program initiatives to local, state, national, and international audiences. Beth holds a JD from Hamline University School of Law and a BA from St. Catherine University (formerly the College of St. Catherine) in Speech Communication and Music, Opera Performance.

Micheal Kemp, PhD, CEM


Micheal Kemp is faculty chair for the Criminal Justice and Emergency Management programs within the School of Public Service Leadership and has served as a faculty member since 2010. Dr. Kemp is an original member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation of Comprehensive Emergency Management Research and a senior advisor with Integrated Solutions Consulting. His professional experience includes teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in emergency management and homeland security at American Military University, participating in a weapons of mass destruction civil support team, and serving in a security and anti-/counter-terrorism unit of the U.S. Marine Corps. Dr. Kemp has published and spoken on emergency management topics in numerous professional forums and worked on social and physical vulnerability, natural and technological hazard identification, critical infrastructure, asset protection, and physical and personal protection issues with several county and state entities. He holds a PhD and MS in Emergency Management, a College Teaching Certificate from North Dakota State University, and an MS in Criminal Justice from Minot State University; Dr. Kemp is also an IAEM Certified Emergency Manager.