Swartz, James E.
James E. Swartz
Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the College
Professor of Chemistry
Jim Swartz is a graduate of Stanislaus State College in California, and received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Cruz. After two years of post-doctoral work, he joined the faculty at Grinnell College, where he holds the faculty position of Professor of Chemistry. In January 1988, Dr. Swartz was named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Grinnell College. As a faculty member, he worked to develop science division-wide efforts to improve introductory courses and to substantially increase the number of participants involved in student-faculty research occurring both during the academic year and during the summer at Grinnell. He directed the $15.3 million renovation and expansion of science facilities, dedicated in 1997 as the Robert N. Noyce ‘49 Science Center, as well as an earlier renovation of chemistry research areas. He now chairs the campus committee planning the second phase of the Noyce Science Center renovation and expansion project. Swartz has served as a consultant to approximately two dozen colleges and universities in the planning of science facilities and curriculum development, has been a coordinator and presenter at several Project Kaleidoscope Facilities Workshops, and has co-authored a book on planning undergraduate science facilities. Swartz is a current member of the Iowa Energy Center Advisory Council, and is a member of the Team Chair Corps of Consultant-Evaluators for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.