Dr. Susan Swayze

Dr. Susan Swayze

Dr. Susan Swayze

Associate Professor, Educational Research

School: Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Department: Educational Leadership


Office Phone: (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 predominantly 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.

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.

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.

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.

Faculty/Student Publishes Chapter: "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices to Support Muslim Americans at Work"

Dr. Susan Swayze and doctoral candidate Nadia Butt (Human and Org Learning) published a chapter in the "Handbook of Workplace Diversity and Stratification."