Scott Campbell's teaching and research interests focus on the philosophy of life. In the classroom, he encourages students to see how philosophical ideas can be integrated meaningfully into their own lives. In 2012, he was selected by the Princeton Review for their publication highlighting the teaching of the best 300 professors in the country.
In the fall of 2012, he published a book on The Early Heidegger's Philosophy of Life (Fordham University Press, 2012). This book takes up the work of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger and shows how human beings can achieve authenticity in spite of the various deceptions that all people are confronted with in day-to-day life.
Campbell is also committed to the idea of a liberal arts education, which can help students to live meaningful lives and provide them with skills that will make them strong job candidates as they search for a career that is right for them. In the fall of 2012, he and Marjorie Roth (Music Department) received an Enduring Questions grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to design and teach a course on "What is the value of a liberal arts education?"