Susan Swayze

Susan Swayze
Associate Professor, Educational Research
(571) 553-3773

Dr. Swayze holds a multi-faceted faculty role that includes teaching graduate students, serving as a research methodologist, and conducting research in the context of higher education.

Since joining GSEHD as a regular status faculty member in 2008, Dr. Swayze has authored or co-authored 20 publications. Her work has been presented at 22 national or international conferences. Dr. Swayze has also made six media contributions, including a webinar and magazine articles.

Dr. Swayze conducts both constructivist and post-positivistic research, and in some instances a combination of the two, thereby blurring the traditional divide between qualitative and quantitative research. She teaches qualitative research, quantitative research, and statistics courses. As a multiple methodologist, she ascribes to case study methodology and mixed methods.

Dr. Swayze's research is focused on pedagogical and methodological approaches to teaching and learning in higher education, specifically pedagogical approaches to teaching research and statistics and methodological approaches to examining educational resilience among students of color at predominantely white institutions (PWIs).

Based on her deep commitment to doctoral student development, Dr. Swayze received the Student Choice Service Excellence Award and the Honey Nashman Spark A Life Award for Faculty Member of the Year.

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.B.A., Duke University
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Washington and Lee University


Swayze, S., & Jakeman, R. (2014). Student perceptions of communication, connectedness, and learning in a merged cohort course, The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 62 (2),102-111.

Ford, V., Swayze, S., & Burley, D. (2013). An exploratory investigation of the relationship between disengagement, exhaustion and turnover intention among IT professionals employed at a university. Information Resources Management Journal, 26 (3), 55-68.

Goldman, E., Swayze, S., Swinehart, S., & Schroth, W. (2012). Effecting curricular change through comprehensive course assessment: Using structure and process to change outcomes, Academic Medicine, 87 (3), 1-8.

Ekmecki, O., Hancock, A., & Swayze, S. (2012). Teaching research methods to graduate students: Lessons learned from three different degree programs, International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 24 (2), 272-279.

Goldman, E., & Swayze, S. (2012). In-depth interviewing with healthcare corporate elites: Strategies for entry and engagement. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 11 (3), 230-243.

Lieberman, D., Swayze, S., & Goodwin, F. (2011). An automated internet application to help patients with bipolar disorder track social rhythm stabilization. Psychiatric Services, 62 (11), 1267-1269.


Little, J., & Swayze, S. (2013). The relationship between the constructs of psychological capital and learning organization dimensions in a community medical center: An exploratory survey research study, full refereed manuscript in the Proceedings of the 2013 Academy of Human Resource Development International Research Conference in the Americas.

In the News

Dr. Susan Swayze and Dr. Rick Jakeman published a book chapter in Faculty Roles and Changing Expectations in the New Age edited by Yukiko Inoue-Smith. The chapter, titled "Diversity and inclusion in the academy: A classroom perspective," describes results of a research study funded by a GW Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Grant. The research study was also supported by the GSEHD Dean's Office.

Innovative Applications of Knowledge Discovery and Information Resources Management, edited by Dr. Susan Swayze with GSEHD alumna Dr. Valerie Ford (Ed.D., Human and Organizational Learning), has been published by IGI Global. The volume contains 12 chapters segmented into three sections: (1) People and Technology Issues in the Twenty-First Century, (2) Knowledge Discovery and Learning, and (3) Perspectives on Information Resources Management. The book was written by 20 authors representing six countries. GSEHD chapter contributors include Dr. Jaehwa Choi, alumna Dr. Letitia Larry (Ed.D., Executive Leadership Program), alumnus Dr. Thomas Gronow (Ed.D., Human and Organizational Learning), doctoral candidate Tiina Rodrigue (Ed.D., Executive Leadership Program), and alumna Danielle Young (master's, Assessment, Testing, and Measurement). Although the publication is intended as a reference book marketed to libraries, the scope of this work underscores the interdisciplinarity of information technology and data science.

GW hosted the District of Columbia College Personnel Association (DCCPA) Conference over the weekend, and many students, faculty, and alumni represented GSEHD at the event. GSEHD doctoral student Chris Moody (Higher Education Administration) gave the opening Keynote Address. In addition, GSEHD presenters included: Hadiya Alexander, Anne Graham, Shyama Kuver, Dr. Rick Jakeman, Tyler Jung, Sara Landers, Rebecca Lynch, Erin Mayo, Dr. Tim Miller, Richard Owens, Jeffrey Ramos, Connor Salanger, Taylor Smith, Dr. Andrew Sonn, Nancy Stalowski, and Dr. Susan Swayze. For more information about sessions and presenters, please see the Conference Agenda and the Program Abstracts.

Dr. Susan Swayze and GSEHD alumna Dr. Johanna Sweet (Ed.D., Executive Leadership Program), Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Economics at Roanoke College, published a study regarding the psychological capital among nurses in a community hospital in the Journal of Organizational Psychology. The research found that nurses' overall psychological capital and self-efficacy scores significantly varied by generation with Baby Boomers reporting the highest psychological capital and self-efficacy followed by Generation X-ers and Millennials.

Drs. Susan Swayze and Rick Jakeman were members of Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) judging panels that evaluated and scored diversity-related research projects at this year's GW Research Days. The ODECE granted monetary awards to the top two undergraduate and graduate student project winners.