Title: Biological Sciences Department Chairperson
Company: Southwestern Adventist University
Location: Keene, Texas, United States
Arthur Schwartz, Biological Sciences Department Chairperson at Southwestern Adventist University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biological sciences research and instruction.
Following obtaining a Bachelor of Science in biology in 1978 and a Master of Science in biology in 1984 from Walla Walla University in Washington, Dr. Schwartz continued his education with a Doctor of Philosophy in plant ecology from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in 1988. He provided superior service as a postdoctoral research associate with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta in Edmonton from 1989 to 1990.
Dr. Schwartz began his career in academia as an adjunct instructor contracted to various higher educational institutions from 1991 to 2000, while also serving as a university researcher in self-directed and collaborative research involving the areas of ecological impacts of climate change, fire ecology, rare plant conservation and more during the same period. From 2001 to 2007, he excelled as managing director with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in China and as Director of the Office of Research and Publications at Bugema University in Uganda from 2007 to 2011.
Dr. Schwartz joined Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas in 2011 as an associate professor of biological sciences and has prospered as full professor and department chair since 2018. He has authored or co-authored numerous publications and articles in professional journals that include “Toward a Seventh-Day Adventist Model for Relating Science and Scripture with Special Reference to Origins,” in Institute for Christian Teaching and “Impacts of Drought on Growth and Regeneration of Conifers on the Canadian Prairies.” His professional memberships include the Botanical Society of America (BSA), where he has served as program director and chair, and the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation.
Every step along the way, Dr. Schwartz had a fantastic teacher who stimulated him in just a certain way and that was one reason why he desired to become a teacher, to stimulate the next generation of students. In the coming years, he intends to explore and get back into the physiology of seagrass, dealing with its restoration and ecology.
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