Alan Swank

I think that life-long learning is important for anyone who wants to keep pace with the constantly changing graphic communication environment.

Alan Swank, PhD



As an Assistant Professor within the Forbes School of Business, Dr. Alan Swank is a perfect example of what can be accomplished through education. A journeyman tool and die maker, and a journeyman welder, he spent eight years in the United States Air Force before opening and running his own manufacturing firm for more than 23 years. But he also saw the value of education, obtaining a BA in Management and Organizational Development and an MA in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University as well as a PhD in Organization, Management, and Leadership from Capella University. During the educational process, he began to notice that he had a love for teaching, which he began to practice in 2005, covering a variety of topics from economics to machine tool technology. He appreciates everything that online universities have made possible. “I’m very passionate about the online education environment. I believe a fully engaged online student will receive a deep learning experience because they are able to focus on just the educational material and not interpersonal, classroom, or organizational dynamics of the University.” He loves talking to his students.

See Dr. Swank discuss Ashford's Bachelor of Arts programs in Organizational Management and Operations Management and Analysis

See Dr. Swank present “Your Digital Presence” at Forbes School of Business® Mentor Week.


Dr. Elaine Alden, Dr. Ray Powers, and Dr. Alan Swank co-presented their paper Establishing Teacher Presence in the Online Environment: Guidance of Best Practice at the Sloan Consortium: Emerging Technologies in Online Education Conference in Las Vegas, NV in April 2013. They presented their poster Exemplary Teacher Presence: Guidance of Best Practice at the 2013 WASC Academic Resource Conference in San Diego, CA in April 2013.


Doctor of Philosophy in Organization, Management, and Leadership
Capella University
Master of Arts in Organizational Management
Spring Arbor University
Bachelor of Arts in Management and Organizational Development

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