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Teachers College, Columbia University
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Corbin Martin Campbell

Professional Background

Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education - University of Maryland
Master of Arts, Higher Education and Student Affairs - The Ohio State University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology - University of Virginia

Scholarly Interests

Organizational and Institutional Climate, College Environments, Institutional Research, Assessment of Student Learning across Institutions, Faculty Agency

Dr. Corbin Campbell is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Campbell’s research focuses on developing comprehensive measures of college educational quality (academic rigor, teaching quality, and educational environment) at the institution level, with a focus on informing students, parents, and the broader public.  She is currently engaged in a multi-institutional benchmarking pilot study, testing innovative methods of measuring educational quality across institutions. Her work has been published in top tier higher education journals, such as Research in Higher Education, the Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of College Student Development.  Dr. Campbell’s work on assessing student learning and educational quality has been highlighted in news venues such as the Chronicle of Higher EducationInside Higher Education, and the New York Times.  She serves on the editorial boards of Research in Higher Education and the Journal of College Student Development.  She also serves as an Academic Fellow for the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and Lumina Foundation’s Policy Direct program, aiming to connect higher education research with policy audiences.  Prior to coming to Teachers College, Dr. Campbell worked in institutional research and also served on an NSF ADVANCE grant (3.2 million).

Selected Publications

O'Meara, KA, Lounder, A. & Campbell, C. M. (in press). To Heaven or Hell: Sensemaking about why faculty leave. Journal of Higher Education.

Campbell, C. M. & O’Meara, KA. (2013). Faculty Agency: Departmental contexts that matter in faculty careers. Research in Higher Education. Advance online publication. Doi: 10.1007/s11162-013-9303-x


Niehaus, B., Campbell, C. M., & Inkelas, K. (2013). HLM behind the Curtain: Unveiling decisions behind the use and interpretation of HLM in higher education research. Research in Higher Education. Advance online publication. Doi: 10.1007/s11162-013-9306-7


Campbell, C. M. & Mislevy, J. (2012-2013). Student perceptions matter: Early signs of undergraduate student retention/attrition. Journal of College Student Retention, 14(4), 467-493.


Campbell, C. M., Smith, M.., Dugan, J., & Komives, S. (2012). Mentors and college student leadership outcomes: The importance of position and process. Review of Higher Education, 35, 595-625.


Simone, S., Campbell, C. M., & Newhart, D. (2012). Measuring opinion and behavior. In B. Knight, G. McLaughlin, R. Howard (Eds.), Handbook on Institutional Research (502-522). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


Campbell, C. M. & Cabrera, A. (2011). How sound is NSSE? Investigating the psychometric properties of NSSE at a public, research extensive institution. Review of Higher Education, 35, 77-103.


O’Meara, K. A. & Campbell, C. M. (2011). Faculty sense of agency in decisions about work and family. Review of Higher Education, 34, 447-476.



Technical Reports

La Voy, S. & Campbell, C. M. (2010). National Survey of Student Engagement 2009 College Benchmarks Report. College Park, MD: Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment, University of Maryland.

O’Meara, K. A., & Campbell, C. M. (2011). The work environment for tenure track faculty at the University of Maryland: Advance research and evaluation report I. College Park, MD: University of Maryland NSF ADVANCE Grant.


O’Meara, K.A., Lounder, A., & Campbell, C. M. (2011). Project evaluation report: UM ADVANCE = Towards an institution for inclusive excellence (UM = TI2E). College Park, MD: University of Maryland NSF ADVANCE Grant.

personal news

Golden, S (2013, November 18). How best to assess. Inside Higher Ed.

Retrieved from http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/11/18/debating-role-student-learning-federal-ratings-plan

Press covering Campbell, C.M. & Cabrera, A. (2012, November).  Making the Mark: Are Grades and Deep Learning Related? Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Las Vegas.


Berrett, D. (2011, October 6). Grades and Tests May Miss Measuring What Matters Most in Learning. Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from: http://chronicle.com/article/GradesTests-May-Miss-What/135786/

Press covering
Campbell, C.M. & Cabrera, A. (2012). How sound is NSSE? Investigating the psychometric properties of NSSE at a public, research extensive institution. Review of Higher Education.


Schmidt, P. (2011, October 6). Education researchers’ group splits over handling of symposium on ‘Nessie’ survey.  Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article Education-Researchers-Group/129296/?sid=pm&utm_source=pm&utm_medium=en


De Vries, W. (2011, September 27). ¿La libertad académica en jaque? ¿Y en los Estados Unidos? Educación a Debate. Retrieved from http://educacionadebate.org/2011/09/27/ %C2%BFla-libertad-academica-en-jaque-%C2%BFy-en-los-estados-unidos/


Lipka, S. (2010, November 18). Researchers criticize reliability of National Survey of Student  Engagement. Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article/Researchers-Criticize/125438/


Press covering Campbell, C.M. & Mislevy, J. (in press). Student perceptions matter: Early signs of undergraduate student retention/attrition.  Journal of College Student Retention.


Steinberg, J. (2010, June 4). Do you like it here?  New York Times Education Blog.  Retrieved from http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/04/do-you-like-it-here/


Glenn, D. (2010, June 2). In student retention, attitude seems to matter most. Chronicle of Higher

Education.  Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article/In-Student-Retention-Attitude/65756/


Press covering O’Meara, KA & Campbell, C.M. (2011). Faculty sense of agency in decisions about work and family.  Review of Higher Education, 34, 447-476.


Williams, A. (2010, February 14). Family-friendly policies fall short when professors worry about backlash. Chronicle of Higher Education.  Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article/Family-Friendly-Policies-Fall/64134/


Press covering Demb, A. & Campbell, C.M. (2009). A new lens for identifying potential adult persistent problem drinkers during college.  Journal of College Student Development, 50(1), 1-30.


Caldwell, E. (2009, March 24). Study helps identify college drinkers who might continue excessive drinking as adults. Allied Press.


Students Who Drink To Cope Drink As Adults. (2009, May). Wall Street Journal Online. Retrieved

from http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/students-drink-cope-drink-adults/story.aspx?guid=%7BCFC4F65E-B0AF-4134-AE61-F511A868981D%7D

professional experiences

curriculum vitae

ORLH 4010: Purposes and policies of higher education

An introduction to the U.S. system of higher education through an overview of the system and its history, a survey of the missions and purposes served by U.S. colleges and universities, and an investigation of some of the pressing policy questions now confronting those institutions.

ORLH 4020: College and university organization and administration

Basic aspects of college and university organization and administration with consideration given to the roles of various groups in governance and management as well as organizational processes such as leadership, decision making, and conflict resolution. External and internal constraints examined from conceptual, practical, and policy perspectives.

ORLH 6511: Coordinating seminar in higher education

Permission required. Course restricted to Ed.D. and Ed.M. students in the Higher Education program. An overview and discussion of the most topical literature in American higher education, this course is designed to explore a wide variety of educational roles in the context of the goals and aspirations of new doctoral students.

Documents & Papers

Download: How Sound is NSSE? [PDF]

Download: Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Corbin Martin Campbell appeared in the following articles:

TC Study Finds Middling Performance by U.S. Colleges (2/10/2014)

2012 Year in Review (2/20/2013)