Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Originally, Dr. Swetnam’s background was in the executive business world. However, after close to 20 years of office life, she decided to make a career change and return to university and concentrate on education. After earning an MA at Denver University, she moved from Colorado with her husband to Houston, Texas where she was employed at a local campus as an instructor, and later at the district level in special education administration. After earning a Ph.D. in Education she also became an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas in the Education Department in Houston, Texas. Dr. Swetnam has been a full-time faculty member at Walden University since 2007. Dr. Swetnam is a published author whose research interests include achievement gap of minority students, reading literacy, and social community of online learners.