What, specifically, is the role of big data in education?
Dr. John P. Campbell is Vice Provost at West Virginia University and serves as the Provost’s chief deputy and acts on her behalf in her absence. John is responsible for a number of operational units including enrollment management, financial aid, information technology, online learning, and student accounts. He also serves as liaison with the appropriate persons and units on all matters involving academic facilities, deals with budget matters as they relate to those units that report to the Provost, develops the University’s request for discretionary WVU Foundation funds, and provides oversight for the Provost’s Office accounts to assure that expenditures from them are in accord with relevant policies. Dr. Campbell is also chair of the Information Technology Oversight Committee, vice chair of the University Planning Committee, and co-chair of the Enrollment Management Council.
Dr. Campbell came to WVU in January 2013 as the Associate Provost and CIO – assuming system-wide leadership of the growing technology infrastructure. In 2014, his role was expanded to include responsibility as the Chief Data Officer. In addition, in 2014 John provided oversight to a system-wide restructuring of the central information technology resources used by the nearly 10,000 faculty and staff on campus
Before coming to Morgantown, John was the Associate Vice President for Academic Technologies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. John’s research has focused on the use of academic analytics to identify students at risk of failing their courses. His group was awarded the 2016 Technology Pioneer Award from the Education Advisory Board. He founded the Signals project, which gives instructors real-time feedback and lets them intervene with struggling students as early as the second week of class. Signals was featured on NBC Nightly News and in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Signals also won the 2012 Noel-Levitz Retention Award, the 2011 Digital Educational Achievement Award and the 2011 Campus Technology Innovators Award for Teaching and Learning.
A native of Mason, Ohio, John earned his doctorate in Higher Education Administration and his master’s degree in educational computing and instructional design from Purdue.
When he’s not at work, you can often find John making toys and furniture in his home woodworking shop, cooking up something in his kitchen or exploring parts of West Virginia–usually on one of its countless hiking trails.
John and his wife, Lois, have two children, daughter Sarah and son Matthew
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