Cary Campbell

Term Lecturer
Faculty of Education


Dr. Cary Campbell, Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, is an educational theorist and researcher, music educator and community organizer. Cary completed his SSHRC funded PhD in Arts Education at SFU in 2020. He has worked as a music educator, ensemble director and performing/recording musician for over a decade, also holding a Bachelor’s of Music (2013). Cary is a member of the Online Learning Hub in the Faculty – committed to cultivating and supporting rich, online learning experiences – and also teaches upper-level, undergraduate music education courses.

Informed by biosemiotic, post-digital and post-humanist theory as well as place/Land-based pedagogy, his research addresses the nexus of educational problems posed by mass digitization, climate change and the broader challenges of cultivating place-connectedness in today’s globalized and hyper-capitalist society. Furthermore, Cary is a performing and recording musician — interested in music learning and cognition research and committed to creative music pedagogy as well as inventive arts-based research/inquiry generally (such as critical cartography and sound-informed qualitative research methods).

Through his ongoing work as Director of Research for the BC Society The Group (multimodal research), Cary collaborates with teachers, artists and community members to create curriculum resources and digital tools that connect people and students with their own localities, communities and public spaces. Additionally, Cary has held several scholarly and literary editorial positions, currently working as an associate editor with the Journal of Contemplative and Holistic Education, and editor of the CS. Peirce Section of the international (De Gruyter) journal Chinese Semiotic Studies.

Awards and Scholarships

  • Fund for International Research in Education (FIRE; Internal SFU Grant), (2023).
    Proposal: “Transdisciplinary Pathways in Higher Education Research and Education”
  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Doctoral Scholarship (2020)
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship:
    Proposal: “Educating through semiosis: conceptualizing the learning process as edusemiotics with young music learners” (2016-2020)
  • DORA International Visiting Scholar Award, Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Estonia (2019)

Selected Publications

See: Google Scholar Profile, for a full list of publications and citations.