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UCM has developed a reputation for strong business programs thanks to the efforts of dedicated faculty members in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies like James Swanson.
The professor emeritus fostered an understanding of important business concepts among hundreds of students before he retired this summer after serving the university for 27 years. Swanson came to UCM in August 1986, having worked previously for the Internal Revenue Service in Spokane, Wash. He joined the university as an assistant professor of economics and was promoted to associate professor in 1991, and professor in 2010. His contributions to business academics included teaching courses such as Business Statistics II, Intermediate Microeconomics, and Labor Economics. He also incorporated expanded use of computers in the classroom, greater use of Excel formulas to perform calculations, and greater use of online homework assessments in finance and economics courses.
In addition to teaching, Swanson was involved in service to the university through participation on the Faculty Senate, membership on the College Curriculum Committee, serving as a graduate student advisor at the department level, and other opportunities.
Throughout his professional career, he expanded upon and shared his knowledge of business and economics through scholarly research projects that included individual and co-authored contributions to the “Journal of Economics,” “Industrial Relations,” “Growth and Change,” and “American Journal of Small Business.” He also made presentations at conferences and meetings of professional groups such as the Missouri Valley Economic Association, Eastern Economic Association, Western Economic Association and Southern Economic Association. Swanson prepared for a career in higher education by studying at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. He has bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Washington State, all with majors in economics.