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James E. Swartz

Dack Professor of Chemistry, Interim Associate Vice President for Analytic Support and Institutional Research

Grinnell College

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. Jim served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Grinnell College from January, 1998 through June 2008. 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 both phases of the renovation and expansion of the Robert N. Noyce ‘49 Science Center (Phase I, $15.3 million, 1997; Phase II, $44.5 million, 2008), as well as an earlier renovation of chemistry research areas. Swartz has served as a consultant to approximately three 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. He is the project coordinator for the NSF funded Project Kaleidoscope Pedagogies of Engagement project. Swartz is chair of the Iowa Energy Center Advisory Council, and is a member of the Team Chair Corps of Consultant-Evaluators and the Accreditation Review Council for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.