Conni Campbell, Ed.D.

Professor of Education
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies and Advanced Degrees

Dr. Conni Campbell has been teaching at PLNU since 2007 after serving nearly 20 years in the public school system. She is a professor and associate dean of undergraduate and graduate studies for PLNU’s School of Education. Campbell began her teaching career serving in several schools in San Diego County as a classroom teacher, bilingual reading specialist, and professional developer for classroom teachers. After earning her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of La Verne, she became a school principal in North County, San Diego. Campbell currently teaches courses in strategies for English learners, teaching methodology, and contemporary issues in education. She consults with school districts across the county and enjoys a research agenda that includes engaging classroom instruction, effective teacher characteristics for quality instruction, and linking policy with institutional priorities.



  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of La Verne
  • M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Cross-Cultural Emphasis, University of San Diego
  • B.A., Diversified Liberal Arts, minor in English and Spanish, University of San Diego
  • Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential, Cal State University at San Marcos
  • Professional Clear Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, University of San Diego (Added Authorization in Spanish and English)

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Language Acquisition – EDU 306
  • Contemporary Issues in Education – EDU 417
  • Teaching Performance Assessment – EDU 400A
  • Research Methods – GED 689
  • Secondary Methods – EDU 621
  • Advanced Practice with English Learners – GED 668
  • Classroom Assessment and Research Practice – EDU 603

Experience in Field

  • Bilingual Classroom Teacher, English and Spanish, grades K-8, San Diego County
  • Bilingual Reading Specialist, English and Spanish, grades K-6, San Diego County
  • Secondary Spanish Teacher, Spanish 1-2, grades 7-12, San Diego County
  • Beginning Teacher Induction Program Director, North Coastal Consortium Districts
  • Site Principal, Paul Ecke Central School, Encinitas Union School District

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Casa di Amici, 2016 – present
  • Homeless Ministry, 2013 – present
  • Scripture Reader, Meal Service; First Church of the Nazarene; 2013 – present
  • Board of Reviewers, Teacher Education Quarterly, 2015 – present
  • California Teaching Performance Assessment Pilot Coordinator, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 2016 – present
  • California Administrator Performance Assessment Pilot Coordinator, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 2016 – present
  • Accreditation Advisory Task Force, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 2015

Awards and Honors

  • Teacher of the Year, Capri School, Encinitas Union School District
  • Reading Teacher of the Year, Greater San Diego Reading Association
  • Administrator of the Year, Encinitas Union School District
  • Central Office Administrator of the Year, ACSA Regional Award
  • Arthur E. Hughes Career Achievement Award, University of San Diego
  • Leadership Achievement Award, North Coastal Consortium of Schools
  • Lighthouse Award, Point Loma Nazarene University, School of Education

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • “Stay With Me: A Community-based High School Curriculum”, paper presentation, Hawaii International Education Conference, 2017
  • “Beginning Teachers’ Perceptions of the California Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) Experience," Teacher Education Quarterly, California Council on Teacher Education, spring issue, 2016
  • “Keep Students, Parents and Faculty Happy with your Leadership,” presentation, ACSA Women in School Leadership Forum
  • "Fair and Balanced Classroom Assessment for English Learners,” Leadership, Association of California School Administrators, March 2014
  • "Learning-Centered Grading Practices,” Leadership, Association of California School Administrators, May/June 2012
  • "Teaching Performance Assessment and Dispositions: Linking policy with institutional priorities," presentation, California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) Annual Conference, 2010