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Faculty in office residence: WJC in McDowell Hall

Since 2004, W. Joseph 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.

I Remember AU  When, Spring 2007

"There's no better place for a faculty office than a residence hall," Campbell has said. "You're quite close to daily student life but at a discreet distance. You can be a resource, a mentor, a sounding board, often in unscripted and informal ways."

Campbell is a conspicuous presence in McDowell Hall, where he works with the resident director and the director's staff of student-resident assistants to pursue a variety of programming initiatives.

I Remember AU  When, Spring 2007

Among them was the event marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of McDowell Hall. Another program initiative was the popular "Dialog with the Dean" series, in which the deans of AU's academic units individually came to McDowell to meet and speak informally with students.

Campbell also has collaborated with the student-run Kennedy Political Union in organizing "I Remember AU When: The Age of Protest," aprogram that took a look back to the late 1960s and early 1970s when AU was a hotbed of activism and dissent.

In addition, Campbell helped initiate a series called "AU's Finest Faculty," in which the top professors on campus spoke and met informally with students.

Working with the McDowwel Hall RAs, Campbell also
has arranged for AU's president, Neil Kerwin, to discuss and field questions about his work and career.

In recognition of his in-residence work, Campbell received the University's faculty award in 2005 for service to the AU community.


American University 125 McDowell Hall Phone: 202-885-2071 Fax:202-885-2019 E-mail: wjc (a)