Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Campbell has been named chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education, effective July 1, 2018.
Campbell earned a Ph.D. in English Composition and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a dual B.A. in Secondary Education and United States History from State University of New York at Oneonta.
Campbell comes to Appalachian from Marshall University where she served as an assistant and associate professor of elementary and secondary education in the College of Education and Professional Development as well as associate program director of elementary and secondary education, Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction program coordinator, coordinator for the English as a Second Language (ESL) master’s program and certificate and instructor in the Graduate Humanities Program.
She has also worked as a cultural resources consultant in North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia, an assistant professor of English at West Virginia State University, and an adjunct instructor at Marshall University, University of Charleston, High Point University, Ball State University.
Campbell is the author or co-author of several books including Reimagining Contested Communities (Policy Press, 2018); Doing Ethnography Today (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015); and The Other Side of Middletown (AltaMira, 2004), which won the 2005 Margaret Mead Award.
In May of this year, she and co-author Kate Pahl will give an invited keynote titled “Re-imagining Contested Communities: The Power of Collaborative Research” at a collaborative research and writing conference at the Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England.
In addition, Campbell has presented and given keynotes at regional, national and international conferences. Most recently at the Twelfth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in Urbana, Illinois (2016), 39th Annual Conference of the Appalachian Studies Association in Shepherdstown, West Virginia (2016) and 39th Annual Conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Campbell has an avid interest in collaborative research, community and university partnerships and civic engagement. Her current focus is the constitutive nature of collaborative research and writing, and especially how it works—through shared agency, shared commitment, and shared humanity—to make and remake those who engage it.