James D. Swartz, PhD

James Swartz

Title: Professor
Company:  Miami University
Location:  Miami, Florida, United States

James D. Swartz, PhD, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in qualitative research.

An award-winning researcher and professor in the academic field, Dr. Swartz is a highly respected expert in instructional design and technology. Since 2005, he has taught at Miami University after finding success as a professor of the University of Arkansas for 14 years, where he notably advised 13 doctorate students and chaired their dissertations. His early roles in his career included sociology instructor and director of media education services at Marion Technical College, as well as an adjunct assistant professor for The Ohio State University.

Driven and conscientious, Dr. Swartz feels that his morals and discipline have played a great role in his success over the last five decades. In addition to a natural affinity towards working hard, his work ethic comes from his time serving in the U.S. Navy. For 17 years beginning in 1967, Dr. Swartz served in the military as an officer, then lieutenant. After completing his service, he became involved in the restaurant business for a short time while pursuing an education that would allow him to impact academia as an instructor and researcher.

At the core of Dr. Swartz’ experience is his love of teaching qualitative research and his own educational accomplishments. A graduate of The Ohio State University, he earned a Master of Arts in 1982 followed by a PhD in 1989. Considered a leader in his field today, Dr. Swartz is very proud to be associated with The Society for Philosophy and History of Education for the last 29 years. He has also shared his expertise by serving on approximately 100 doctoral committees. Further, Dr. Swartz has been involved with prominent industry organizations including the American Education Research Association, where he was the chair for the special interest group for media curriculum culture in 1999, the Association for Education Commissions and Technology, and the Society for Philosophy Higher Education, for which he served as secretary/treasurer in 1997 and president in 2009.

As he looks ahead to the future, Dr. Swartz has no intention of slowing down in his professional pursuits. In the years to come, he intends to continue teaching at the higher university level while taking on new opportunities to share his expertise in academia.

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