Wendy Reisinger, Ed.D.

Dissertation Coordinator,
Department of Leadership and Administration

Dr. Reisinger most recently served at Capella University as the Associate Chair for Doctoral Studies in the School of Education. She worked at Capella since 2011 where she held a variety of positions such as part time faculty in the graduate Counselor Education department in the School of Counseling and Human Services, part-time faculty in the Education Leadership and Management department in the School of Education and has taught multiple courses in the P12 Curriculum and Instruction department in the School of Education. Dr. Reisinger joined the Education Leadership and Management department as full-time faculty in July of 2019. She served as a member of the Interim Admissions Committee while working with the Counseling department and since joining the Education Leadership and Management faculty she was a member of the first pilot of the Faculty Video Messaging initiative. During her time in school administration, she served as an Accreditation reviewer for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In this role, she reviewed higher education applications for programmatic accreditation of graduate programs. Additionally, she has over 23 years’ experience in public education as a state educational leader in special education and strategic planning, district administrator (Interim Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and Coordinator); building level administrator (Principal); and as an elementary and middle school counselor. Dr. Reisinger’s experiences have included extensive work in leadership, higher education, dissertation mentoring, state level programmatic management, cross curricular teaming, human resources, staff development, data driven decision-making, strategic planning, curriculum and assessment and student services. 


Dr. Reisinger has presented on student engagement during Capella’s Faculty Virtual Conferences in 2017 and 2019. Prior to that Dr. Reisinger has presented several times related to her work in K-12 education; Academic Advising Services for Women in Higher Education. Second Eastern Regional Adult Education Research Conference, State College, PA, March 2000, Engaging Students – The Missing Link – Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development 2010 60th Annual Conference – November 21-23, 2010, Navigating the Maze of Parent Relationships - - Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development – 2014 – 64th Annual Conference – November 23-25, 2014.  


Dr. Reisinger has several publications which include; “Academic Advising Services for Women in Higher Education.” (1999) Eric Resources in Education (ED441146), Now What? Using What We Know About Adolescent Brain Development to Improve Middle School Instruction. The Pennsylvania Administrator, Volume 8, Winter 2005, No.1., Balancing the See Saw: Building Engaged Schools that Respect but do not Drown in the Data Pool. Pennsylvania Educational Leadership, Volume 29, Spring 2010, No. 2.  Her research experience has been centered around action research opportunities in the K – 12 roles she has held. This has been in areas such as school improvement, small learning communities and transition for secondary students.


Dr. Reisinger has an Ed. D in Higher Education Leadership from Widener University, an M.Ed in School Counseling from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son who will be graduating this year and her fur baby Sparky.


Dr, Reisinger is a seasoned and highly-qualified professional, demonstrating expertise and broad ranging experience overseeing, supervising, and directing educational programs from elementary through post-secondary schools as well as at the State level. A systems thinker who is forward focused and who has a keen eye on what is needed to facilitate and lead exemplary educational programs through the attainment of shared vision and mission. Extensive background in all facets of educational operations, human resources, teacher and administrator supervision, curriculum, instruction, assessments, master scheduling, higher education teaching, online learning, attendance, community engagement, and teacher recruitment and 

hiring. Dr. Reisinger has been consistently noted for superior job performance, initiative and excellent leadership and motivational skills.  


  • Doctorate in Higher Educational Leadership
    Widener University
  • Master's in School Counseling
    Shippensburg University
  • Bachelor's in Criminal Justice
    Shippensburg University

Research Interests