Shawnrece Campbell Announced as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi announces Dr. Shawnrece Campbell as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Campbell will join the Island University on Thursday, July 1, 2021. 

Campbell has held several leadership positions while at Stetson University, including Director of the Africana Studies Program, founding director of the bachelor’s degree completion program in Organizational Leadership, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. At Stetson, Campbell was appointed to serve on the University’s Inclusive Hiring Task Force and the University’s Equity and Inclusion Group. She also established the Stetson University American Association of University Women (AAUW) Branch and presided as its inaugural president. 

Her teaching specialties include writing as a healing art, food as medicine, and women’s economic empowerment. Her co-authored book, “Toni Morrison’s Secret Drive: A Reader-Response Study of the Fiction and Its Rhetoric,” analyzes how the Nobel Prize-winning author inspires readers to recognize and question their preconceptions and to participate in dismantling racism and sexism.  

“I am elated to be joining the Island University, a premier institution of higher education supporting faculty research initiatives, as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts,” said Campbell. “The University’s student-centered focus, commitment to inclusive excellence, experiential learning, and creativity and innovation match my own values.”

Campbell received a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, an M.B.A. from Stetson University, an M.A. from Youngstown State University, and a B.A. from John Carroll University.

“Dr. Campbell is an innovative, student-centered leader who advocates for interdisciplinary education to prepare students to live productive lives as global citizens,” said TAMU-CC Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “In addition to her significant accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, and service, Dr. Campbell has demonstrated success in advancing strategic university priorities. She is prepared to build collaborative partnerships within and beyond the Island University.”