Amy Swan

Amy Swan

Amy Swan

Assistant Professor

Academic and Career Development, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Amy Swan is an assistant professor with the Higher Education Program. Her research interests center on academic and career development, with a particular focus on the factors that shape students’ educational decision-making processes and occupational aspirations, as well as classroom innovations and their effect on student learning. She teaches a variety of courses on topics including institutional assessment, student development theory, and research design.

Selected Publications

Sleeter, N., Schrum, K., Swan, A.K., & Broubalow, J.M. (2019). “Reflective of my best work”: Scaffolding inquiry-based learning in a hybrid graduate history course. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.

Swan, A.K., Schrum, K., & Sleeter, N.M. (2019). Teaching Hidden History: A case study of dialogic scaffolding in a hybrid graduate course. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 13(1), Article 7.

Swan, A.K., Inkelas, K.K., Jones, J.N., Pretlow, J., & Keller, T.F. (2018). The role of high school research experiences in shaping students’ research self-efficacy and preparation for undergraduate research participation. Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 30(1), 103-120. 

Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Savitz-Romer, M., Ott, M.W., Swan, A.K., & Liu, P. (2017).  Finding conceptual coherence: Trends and alignment in the scholarship on noncognitive skills and their role in college success and career readiness. Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, 32, 141-179.

Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Blanchard, R.D., Reed, B.D., & Swan, A.K. (2016).  Predictors of low-SES student persistence from the first to second year in college. In T.I.K. Youn (Ed.), Paradoxes of the democratization of higher education (Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, Volume 22, pp. 97-125). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Swan, A. (2015). Experiential and contextual factors that shape engineering interest and educational decision-making processes among female students. NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, 8, 82-100.


Expanded Publication List

Swan, A.K. (2012). Female students’ experiences with project-based work in introductory engineering classes at two- and four-year institutions.  Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 18, 337-357.

Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Coso, A., Swan, A.K., Bailey, R.R., & Creager, M.F. (2012).  The role of gender in student perceptions of leadership on interdisciplinary engineering teams. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 18, 97-113.

Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Swan, A.K., & Shoffner, M.F. (2012).  Social cognitive factors, support, and engagement: Early adolescents’ math interests as precursors to choice of career. Career Development Quarterly, 60, 2-15.

Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Perna, L.W., & Swan, A.K. (2011).  Structuring opportunity: The role of school context in shaping high school students’ occupational aspirations. Career Development Quarterly, 59, 330-344.

Courses Taught

HE 602: College Teaching

HE 610: Research Designs in Higher Education

HE 644: Management and Administration of Student Services in Higher Education

HE 645: The Contemporary College Student

HE 646: Student Development Theory

HE 704: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

HE 712: Advanced Institutional and Program Assessment in Higher Education

HE 792: Rethinking Curriculum



Ph.D., Education (Higher Education Program), University of Virginia

M.A.M., Arts Management, Carnegie Mellon University

B.A., Women's Studies with Honors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill