Campbell finds working with first-year students interesting and enjoyable because he gets to guide them through the first year of college and they teach him how to alter instruction methods to accommodate their generational needs.
Todd Campbell finds working with first-year students interesting and enjoyable because he gets to guide them through the first year of college, and they teach him how to alter instruction methods to accommodate their generational needs.
As director of general and university studies, he oversees the Interdisciplinary Studies program — at both the associate and baccalaureate levels — and the University Studies program, which currently comprises the First-Year Seminar, Study Skills for the College Student, and Career Planning classes.
"Working with first-year students has been so rewarding because I get to guide them through the sometimes intimidating first year of college," Campbell says. "What I enjoy about interdisciplinary studies is helping students figure out how they can graduate sooner with an interdisciplinary studies degree, and how that degree can help them achieve their career goals."
His service has included advising a variety of student organizations, and that inspires him by through exposure to elements of the human experience. His scholarship activities allow him to explore areas in greater depth, such as the writings of his favorite authors, or creating original areas in various pieces of fiction. He finds the inspiration hones his mind and prepares him for the day ahead.
"I hope my students will gain a different perspective on college, their lives, and the world; much of my work revolves around de-programming students' thoughts so they can accept and understand their lives and work here and now rather than focusing so much on what they used to be able to do really well in high school," Campbell says. "I want them to gain motivation and confidence, not because it is a course objective, but because it is a critical part of my lessons. I hope they take away more than a stronger grasp of grammar, mechanics, rhetoric, taking notes, and studying; I want them to take larger life lessons that will serve them well, and ultimately, give them the ability to think for themselves."