Joan A. Swanson, Ph.D.

Director of School of Education, Associate Professor

Dr. Joan A. Swanson


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)

Phone: (603) 899-4201
Fax: (603) 899-4324
Office: Petrocelli Hall, 209

Courses Taught

(prior to Franklyn 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
Research Interests & Expertise Areas
  • Educational Psychology and Teacher Preparation

Honors & Awards

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

Publications and Presentations

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).

Professional Memberships

  • 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)

    New York State Association for Teacher Educators, NYSATE (2012-present)
  • Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, SSEA (2012-present)Conferences Attended
  • 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)Conferences Attended




IServed 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