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Dr. Peter Swanson

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Wyoming

Foreign language education: methods of teaching foreign languages, foreign languages in the secondary school, curriculum design in foreign languages, educational foundations and foundations of second language acquisition, and technology in the foreign language classroom. He presents workshops on foreign language methods, assessment practices, characteristics of highly effective language teachers, and the recruitment and retention of second/foreign language educators.

Currently, Dr Swanson is the coordinator of the Foreign Language Teacher Education programs and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. His two lines of research employ a mixed methods approach to investigate (1) characteristics of highly effective second/foreign language teachers and their identity as they relate to teacher attrition and (2) oral language assessment. His research has been published in many esteemed journals such as Foreign Language Annals, the Canadian Modern Language Review, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Rural Educator, and Hispania. His second book, Identifying and Recruiting Language Teachers: A Research-Based Approach (Information Age Publishing) was published in 2013. His third book is scheduled to be published in early 2014.

Dr Swanson also serves as the co-editor for the Southern Conference on Language Teaching’s journal, Dimension, as well as serving as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Dr. Swanson was selected as the Professor of the Year by the Georgia Chapter of the America Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (2013) as well as the Foreign Language Association of Georgia (2011). In 2009, he received the Leadership Award given by the Southeastern Association for Employment in education.


Summer 2013 Study Abroad in Spain for Teachers (PDF Brochure for Download)