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Dr. Craig A. Campbell

Dr. Craig A. Campbell
Phone: 8148630614
Office Address:
307 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Assistant Teaching Professor of Education (Lifelong Learning and Adult Education)


Learning and Performance Systems


Adult Education
Comparative and International Education


Dr. Craig A. Campbell joined the faculty in the Lifelong Learning and Adult Education in the fall of 2016. His academic training includes a doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University and graduate work in Cross Cultural Studies with Indigenous Knowledge Systems emphasis from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Craig's work experiences include the following positions: rural mail carrier, grade 6-12 teacher in Illinois and Wisconsin, Mathematics Instructor at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (Tribal College in Northern Wisconsin,) Tribal College Coordinator for ADEC (American Distance Education Consortium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,)  Assistant Professor of Adult Education at SUNY Buffalo State, Assistant Professor of Lifelong Learning (with Indigenous focus) at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and Coordinator of Adult and Higher Education master's and doctoral programs at Oregon State University. His research interests include non-formal and in-formal learning, international adult education, folk schools, popular education, University and Cooperative Extension, distance education, qualitative research methodologies, the Tribal College Movement, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. The commonalities amongst these seemingly disparate areas are rural place-based knowledges and access to education. Dr. Campbell enjoys expanding connections and collaborations here at PSU and beyond!

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels

Older Adult/Aging

Education Levels

Adult Education

Education Types

American Indian Ed
Continuing Ed
Distance Ed
Rural Ed

Educational Studies

Comparative Ed
Cultural Studies
History of Ed
International Ed

Higher Education

Community Engagement
Higher Education

Individual Difference

Human Development
Learning Processes


Education Access
Equity and Diversity
Instructional Methods and Design

Methodological Research

Historical research
Qualitative Research

Social Issues

Comparative and International Education
Indigenous Knowledge
Race and Ethnicity


Instructional Design

Courses Taught

ADTED 460 Introduction to Adult Education

ADTED 506 Program Planning in Adult Education

ADTED 542 Perspectives on Adult Learning Theory

ADTED 550 Qualitative Research in Adult Education

ADTED 551 Qualitative Data Analysis

ADTED 552 Participatory Action Research

Education History

Ed.D. Adult and Higher Education, Northern Illinois University, 2010 Emphasis in Community Development, International and Popular Education; Graduate work in Cross-Cultural Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Emphasis in Indigenous Knowledge Systems; M.S.Ed. Teaching and Learning, Northern Illinois University, 1997 Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction – Secondary Education; B.S. Mathematical Sciences, Northern Illinois University, 1994 Emphasis in Applied Mathematics; Physics and History minors; A.S. Applied Science, Highland Community College, 1989 Emphasis in Pre-Engineering;

Representative Publications

Campbell, C. A. & Thomas C. (2015). A testbed critical document analysis of University of Saskatchewan master of continuing education theses: An initial mapping of adult education in the province. Roundtable paper presented at the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) annual meeting, Montreal, Quebec.

Theobald, P. & Campbell, C. (2014). The fate of rural communities and schools in a corporation-dominated political economy: A historical interpretation. In C. Howley, A. Howley, & J. Johnson (Eds.), Dynamics of social class, race, and place in rural education (pp. 95-107). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.      

Lewis, P. A., Montgomery, H. M., Campbell, C. A., Ritenburg, H., & Diversi, M. (2013). Initiating a new story. International Review of Qualitative Research, 6(4), pp. 478-486.

Montgomery, H. M., Campbell, C. A., & Ritenburg, H. (Eds.). (2013). Special Issue: Indigenous Inquiries. International Review of Qualitative Research, 6(4).

Campbell, C. A. (2010). An adult education study of participatory community mapping for Indigenous knowledge production. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Accession Order No. [3404826]).

Campbell, C. A. (2009). Head to hand through the heart: Folk schools and non-formal residential learning centers in the United States.  Paper presented at Western Region Research Conference on the Education of Adults (WRRCEA), Bellingham, WA.


Graduate Assistant Stipend Award; University of Saskatchewan; secured two graduate students to work on manuscripts; 2015; Award - $2,800 CAN.

John Ranton McIntosh Grant; University of Saskatchewan; secured one graduate student to work on document analysis research; A Testbed Critical Document Analysis of University of Saskatchewan Master of Continuing Education Theses: An Initial Mapping of Adult Education in Saskatchewan; 2014; Award - $5000 CAN.

New Faculty Graduate Student Support Program; University of Saskatchewan; Monies to fully support one graduate student (unused); 2014; Award - $16,000 CAN.

Partnership Project Grant; Center for the Development of Human Services (CDHS); Using Learning Circles for Improved Engagement with Native American Families; 2012; Award - $1,600 USD.

Partnership Project Grant; Center for the Development of Human Services (CDHS); Literature Review of Indigenous Knowledge Systems; 2011; Award - $1,600 USD.

OhioView Geospatial Grant; NASA Glenn Research Center; Promoted remote sensing initiatives at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College; funding for satellite imagery, laboratory equipment, summer interns, map products, and reservation-based research; Grant author and Principle Investigator; 2002-2004; $100,000 USD.

Activities and Honors

Biobehavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development; Supervisor for the Global Health Minor Summer Field Work Experience; White Earth Reservation, Minnesota; 2017.

Exemplary Service Award, American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC); 2004.

Bill Murphy Barrier Buster Award, member of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Videoconferencing Team; American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC); 2003.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Summer Faculty Fellowship; NASA Glenn Research Center; Duties included researching remote sensing science and applications, working on the Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (LCOOCC) distance learning/remote sensing project, and helping to create a remote sensing laboratory at LCOOCC; summer 2000 and summer 2001.