Chris Campanelli joined the Miller School faculty in the fall of 2018 as a member of the English department. Chris comes to this position with a background that is deeply congruent with both the Miller School's strong emphasis on the humanities and its pedagogical approach that values the "whole student." After completing a BA in History at the University of Virginia in 2007, Chris spent a number of years in Charlottesville writing, recording, and performing music in solo, band, community, and church contexts, which included a 2013 performance on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. In pursuit of a more person-centered vocation, Chris also completed a Chaplaincy training at the University of Virginia Hospital in 2013 (CPE Level 1), after which he enrolled in a Masters of Arts in Theology at the University of British Columbia, Regent College. Upon graduation he was awarded the 2017 Luci Shaw Creative Writing Prize, and he has had both creative writing and critical essays published in Regent's Academic Journal, CRUX, including one on Dante's Purgatorio.
Chris currently lives in Charlottesville with his wife Sallie (also an educator, early childhood), and their daughter Beatrice, through whom they are rediscovering what Seamus Heaney meant when he commended the hearers of his Nobel Prize speech to learn to look at the world again with wonder. Chris looks forward to doing this with students at the Miller School through literature, through discussion, and through engagement with MSA’s stunning natural environment.