Joan A. Swanson

Joan A. Swanson

Director of School of Education, Associate Professor


  • B.S., Social Studies Education and Psychology majors, Indiana Wesleyan University (1988)
  • M.S., Educational Counseling, McDaniel College, (formerly Western Maryland) (1996)
  • Dissertation Thesis: Emerging Adults: Analysis of Learning Patterns in Collegiate Classrooms
  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology and Methodology, University at Albany, (2013)


Prior to Franklin Pierce University

  • Educational Psychology
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Child Development and Learning
  • The Exceptional Child in the Elementary School
  • Adolescent Development
  • Alternative Education
  • Advanced Child Development: Theory and Practice
  • Issues in Education (Capstone/Thesis Course)
  • Scribner Seminar: The Integration of Technology and Education
  • Child-Centered Problem Solving, traditional and on-line instruction
  • Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom, traditional and on-line instruction
  • Graduate Capstone Seminar

At Franklin Pierce University

  • IEP and Instructional Considerations
  • Introduction to Assessment


  • Educational Psychology and Teacher Preparation


  • American Educational Research Association, AERA (2008-present)
  • American Psychological Association, APA (2019-2020)
  • Consortium for Excellence in Teacher Education, CETE (2016-present)
  • Information Society, IADIS (2014-present)
  • International Association for Development of the Information Society, IADIS (2014-present)
  • New York State Association for Teacher Educators, NYSATE (2012-present)
  • Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, SSEA (2012-present)

  • I served in the following capacities: an Associate Department Chair, an academic advisor for both graduate and undergraduate students, an Institutional Policy and Practice Sub-Committee on Responsible Citizenship member, as the faculty representative for the SEE-Beyond Student Research Program, as an Education Cub Advisor (SETA), curriculum committee. I also served on college Ad hoc committees including: Social Science Round Table, Fulbright Scholarship Interviewer, COACHE Collaborators (Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education), Faculty Advisory Board, Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Adjudication panel, First Generation College Student Faculty Advisor/Mentor program, Psychology Department Search Committee for Tenure-line developmental faculty position (2016), Education Studies Department Faculty and Staff Search Committees (2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018), Education Studies Accreditation Committee.
  • I served as a Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu) Representative for the New York Central East Region. In this role I participated in regional meetings designing professional development for colleges and P-12 partnerships to assist in implementing Common Core Standards and new NY State Teacher Certification requirements (2013-2014).
  • Additionally, I have served as a reviewer for professional conferences (Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, Cognitive Exploratory Learning in a Digital Age, and AERA) as well as a reviewer for academic publications: Education Policy (2018), Emerging Adulthood (2016, 2017), Technology, Knowledge and Learning (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019), Youth and Society (2016, 2017).
  • Lastly, I have been a session chair for conferences.

  • International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA) 2016, 2017, 2018


  • Best Paper Award, International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age 2017, Algarve, Portugal
  • Best Paper Award, International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age 2014, Porto, Portugal


Swanson, J. A., (nd). “I took a screenshot:” Experiences with technology in and out of the classroom”, in Cultivating Success: A Multi-faceted Approach to Working with Emerging Adults in Higher Education, Edited by Duncan, T A. & Buskirk-Cohen, A. A. (in press).

Swanson, J. A., Renes, S. L. & Strange, A. T. (2020). “Collaborative learning: Collegiate pedagogy utilizing web conferencing” in Balancing the Tension between Digital Technologies and Learning Sciences, (in press).

Swanson, J. A., Renes, S. L., & Strange, A.T. (2020). “Communication preferences of collegiate students” in Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (in press).

Swanson, J. A. (2020). Assessing the effectiveness of the use of mobile technology in a collegiate course: A case study in m-learning. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 25(2), 389-408. doi:10.1007/s10758-018-9372-1

Reilly, C. F. & Swanson, J. A. (2019). A case study in constructivist pedagogy in a computer organization course. (Oct. 2019 Frontiers in Education (FIE) conference and published in conference proceedings.)

Swanson, J. A. (2019). “Technology as Skin” in Digital Technology: Advance in Research and Applications, Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishing.

Swanson, J. A., Ficarra, L., & Chapin, D. (2019). Strategies to strengthen differentiation within the Common Core era: Drawing on the expertise from those in the field. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 64(2), 116-127.

Swanson, J. A. & Towne, M. E. (2018). Play space assessment: A pilot case study using the theoretical integration and application matrix. Early Child Development and Care. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2018.1529032

Swanson, J. A. (2016). Trends in literature about emerging adulthood: Review of empirical studies. Emerging Adulthood, 4(6), 391-402.

Swanson, J. A. & Walker, E. (2015). Academic versus non-academic emerging adult college student technology use. Technology, Knowledge, and Learning, 20(2), 147-158.

Dai, D.Y., Swanson, J.A, & Cheng, H. (2011). State of research on giftedness and gifted education: A survey of empirical studies 1998-2010 (April). Gifted Child Quarterly, 55(2), 126-138.

Swanson, J. A. (2013). Emerging adults: Analysis of learning patterns in collegiate classrooms. (Doctoral dissertation). Proquest Dissertations and Theses (UMI Number: 3596592).