Betsy Campbell

  • Assistant Professor and Research Associate, College of Education

As an Assistant Professor at Penn State, Dr. Betsy Campbell studies the practices of teams at the forefront of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and new venture creation. She is the director of The Cape, a national initiative addressing matters of diversity, inclusion, and belonging in innovative entrepreneurship. She is a Fulbright Specialist in entrepreneurship and the winner of the 2020 Academy of Management Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy award for her anti-racist undergraduate course and open-source K-12 learning materials. Earlier in her career, Campbell founded high-tech companies, helped create a business unit within an established company (acquired by Lucent for $1.5B), served as the co-director for the MIT Community Innovation Lab, and launched a 501(c)(3) (Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs) which she grew to over 5,000 members worldwide before leaving to get her PhD. With funding from the Ghiso Foundation during her doctoral studies, she crafted a piece of documentary theater about inequities in end-of-life care at the Yale Center for Bioethics and as a visiting scholar at the Hastings Center. She has been an invited participant in the Jacob's Pillow Dance for Social Justice program where she developed a curriculum to teach entrepreneurship through movement. She is the author of two books published by Routledge – Practice Theory in Action: Empirical Studies of Interaction in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and The Innovator's Discussion: The Conversational Skills of Entrepreneurial Teams. She is an affiliate of the Penn State Arts and Design Research Incubator, a member of the Explorers Club, and an invited contributor to the Smithsonian Apollo Dialogues Workshop.