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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.

Charlyn Hilliman, PhD, MPA


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..

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.