Jim Swartz

Dack Professor of Chemistry
Grinnell College

Jim Swartz is Dack Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Science in the Liberal Arts at Grinnell College, and served as Dean of the College (1998-2008). While science division chair Jim lead efforts to substantially reform teaching of introductory science courses, expand undergraduate research and improve science facilities. He was a leader in the planning of the Grinnell Science Project, a major effort to improve the success in science of members of groups traditionally under-represented in science which received a Presidential Award for Excellence Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 2011. While Dean he helped to expand programs for scholarly leaves, student-faculty research, faculty diversity, and creation of a major interdisciplinary teaching focus. Jim coordinated the planning for three science building projects at Grinnell and is currently a co-chair of the planning committee for a $110 million humanities and social studies facility. He was a participant in the very first Project Kaleidoscope facilities workshop and served as a presenter for many others. He has consulted with over 40 institutions on science curriculum and pedagogy and/or science facilities. He has been a PI or co-PI on NSF grants supporting improvements of in undergraduate chemistry, including a major national Systemic Initiative collaborative grant (ChemLinks) to reform the introductory chemistry. Jim served as the Program Director of the Pew Midstates Science and Math Consortium and the Coalition for Faculty Diversity, each for six years. Jim worked with the NSF-funded Project Kaleidoscope Pedagogies of Engagement faculty development project. He directs the pedagogical workshops for the Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska NSF-LSAMP project.