Dr. Melinda Campbell

College of Letters and Sciences
Arts and Humanities

Melinda Campbell received her doctorate in philosophy from the University of California, Davis where she specialized in metaphysics, epistemology, and aesthetics. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art and started her career as a painter. Her dissertation was in the area of color ontology and argued the case for the "subjective realism" of color. Before moving to San Diego, Professor Campbell held the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, for four years and at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, for one year.

In 2012, Professor Campbell was promoted to a full-time position at the rank of Associate Professor. In 2010, she won the first Presidential Award for Excellence in Online Teaching for her design of what has become one of the most popular courses in the philosophy curriculum, PHL 337: Ethics, and in 2015, she won the President’s Professoriate Award for distinguished achievement in teaching, scholarship, and service. Professor Campbell is currently Lead Faculty in Philosophy at National University and has created and developed all of the online Philosophy courses as well as two courses in Art History. Professor Campbell’s most recent publications include “Collaborating on Critical Thinking: The Team Critique,” forthcoming in the November, 2015, issue of the Journal of Curriculum and Teaching and “Seeing Color Appearances,” which appears in an international journal, Glimpse, 15 (2014) 13-18. In addition to her work in the philosophy of perception and pedagogical studies, Professor Campbell has published articles in the areas of film criticism, online learning, and student mentoring.

She is currently working on several projects, including an examination of the aesthetics of the representation of the human body in works of fine art, the issue of disembodiment in online learning, and further development of her phenomenological approach to color ontology that conceives of colors as appearance-event properties.

Contact Details

College of Letters and Sciences
(858) 642-8562