Dr. Doug Campbell
About me: Hi there! My name
is Doug Campbell, and I will be your instructor for the upcoming
semester. I started teaching at NOVA in the Fall of 2006 after
receiving my Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.
My specialty as an historian is Europe in the twentieth century, but
I am fascinated by all eras of the human past as well.
In addition to history, my interests include cooking
Indian food, watching Doctor
Who and Buffy the
Vampire Slayer with my son, reading
sci-fi and horror fiction, watching the movies of Akira
Kurosawa, Fritz Lang,
Orson Welles, and Darren
Aronofsky, and listening to heavy
metal music. I'm also keenly interested in long
distance running. I've completed several marathons (26.2
miles) as well as races of 50 km, 50 miles, and 100 km. In October of 2016 I (barely) finished a 100 mile trail race in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia-- definitely
not for the faint of heart! I have also been known to wear a kilt
About the course: An online
course is obviously not like standard history courses where students
meet with the instructor and the rest of the class on a weekly
basis. Rather, you yourself will be responsible for keeping up with
the weekly readings and assignments. Basically, you will only get
out of this class what you put into it. Please do remember
that it is YOUR
responsibility to keep copies of all of your coursework and graded
assignments. Make sure to refer to the course schedule often!
About problems that may well arise:
Online learning is an imperfect animal. When it works well it can be
marvelously flexible and rewarding. On the other hand, though, it
can feel like you're isolated out there in a virtual
wasteland. Staying in touch with me, and informing me as soon as
problems arise is the best way to keep things running smoothly. I'm
here to help you get as much as possible out of this course, so let me
know if you need anything. And, of course, thanks in advance for
your patience should any bumps in the road arise.
About getting in touch with me: If
you have problems or questions concerning some aspect of the course
please, don't hesitate to contact me. I'm not always in my office,
so contacting me by phone is not generally the most practical option.
I do, however, check e-mail
several times a day and that is the easiest way to get in touch with me.
I promise to respond to any e-mail message sent to me within 48