W. Joseph Campbell is a tenured full professor in the School of Communication's Communication Studies program. He joined the AU faculty in 1997, after some 20 years as a professional journalist. Assignments in his award-winning journalism career took him across North America to Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Campbell is the author of six books, including the recently published 1995: The Year the Future Began
. The book tells the story of watershed moments in a decisive year in recent American history. Critics have described 1995
as "remarkable" and "compulsively readable."
Campbell's other books include Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism
(2010). The book won the national Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi award for research about journalism
Campbell has taught 18 different courses at AU, including "Myths of the Media," "Censorship and Media," "Decisive Moments in Communication," "The American 1990s," and "Foreign Policy and the Press."
He is a past winner of the "Faculty Member of the Year" award, given annually by AU's student government. In 2014, he received the "Teaching with Research" award, given by the University's Center for Teaching Research and Learning.
Campbell also has received the University's faculty award for service to the AU community and the Morton Bender Prize, which recognizes scholarly achievement by an associate professor. Campbell was promoted to full professor in 2009.
Since 2004, Campbell has been the faculty member in office residence in McDowell Hall, on the North Side of the American University campus, as part of a collaborative program with the university's Office of Campus Life. In that position, Campbell seeks to promote informal contacts among students and faculty in a residence hall setting, and to underscore that academic life at AU extends beyond the classroom. He also teaches seminar-style classes in McDowell.