Darrin Campen, Ph.D. - Instructional Dean, Social Sciences, Education, History, Health Enhancement and Physical Education
Dr. Darrin Campen joined Montgomery College as Dean of Social Sciences, History, Education, Health Enhancement, Exercise Science and Physical Education in July, 2010. Previously, he served at Aiken Technical College as Department Chair of History and Social Sciences from 2007 – 2010 and as Coordinator of Psychology from 2001– 2007. Prior experience includes work as a full-time English instructor in Japan and as a Staff Psychologist in the North Carolina State Prison System.
Dr. Campen’s areas of expertise include cross-cultural psychology, human sexuality, and time perspective. During his career in academia, he has won numerous teaching awards (e.g., NISOD, Who’s Who, Governor’s Professor of the Year Award – Nominee). He has led numerous college-wide committees in the past (i.e., Accreditation, Diversity Team, Curriculum and Instruction).
Dr. Campen earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Old Dominion University (ODU). Upon graduation from ODU, he pursued his master’s degree in psychology from New Mexico Highlands University. While working full-time at Aiken Technical College, Dr. Campen attended the University of South Carolina, where he earned his Ed.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Counselor Education.
Welcome to the area of Social Sciences, History, Psychology, Education, Health Enhancement, Exercise Science and Physical Education. With approximately 45 full-time and 120 part-time faculty, we offer day, evening, and Saturday classes in traditional classrooms, as well as distance learning formats.
Our Social Sciences area includes the Departments of Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, where the focus is on the analysis of behavior, culture, society, and the diversity of human existence. Practical problems in these courses encourage students to develop conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking skills that foster and support academic success.
In our History and Political Science Department, students are provided with insights into the meaning of history and political science, and the purpose of historical inquiry. Students are encouraged to think independently and critically, and to develop strong communication skills that extend beyond the fundamental skills of reading and writing.
The Education Department and the School of Education provide high quality educational programs, consisting of both academic courses and field-based learning experiences, that prepare students as educators for diverse and inclusive communities, developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for the teaching profession.
Our Department of Health Enhancement, Exercise Science and Physical Education, seeks to instill in our students a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Our focus is on helping students identify and remediate risk behaviors while at the same time adopting health protective behaviors that include exercise, proper nutrition, and stress management. Our programs in health education, gerontology, and exercise science, as well as our 'Healthy Campus' initiatives, are designed to help our college community attain this goal.