Contact & About Me

Email:
alexbswan[at]gmail.com
aswan[at]eureka.edu

Office:
Burgess Hall 106 (corner office)

Address:
Psychology Program
Social Sciences and Business Division
Eureka College
300 East College Ave
Eureka, IL 61530

Twitter:
@ProfASwan (feel free to follow me—this is a public academic account and I integrate it into my teaching!)

If you’re interested in meeting with my in person at my office, take a look at when I’ll be there with an open door with the calendar below. Email me with when you want to stop by so I can expect you! (If something comes up that makes me unavailable, I will let you know in my reply.)



A little more about my journey…

I grew up in Los Angeles, CA. After two years at Los Angeles Valley College (a community college), I transferred to California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where I completed my bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2008. I graduated summa cum laude, but that was pretty much all I had going for me. Looking back, a lesson I learned in graduate school was that an undergraduate in Psychology needs to develop research skills and faculty relationships as soon as possible–so if you’re an undergraduate and reading this, make sure you’ve done this or plan it now!

csun ge logoAfter a year of figuring out what I wanted to do with my career, I decided to enroll in CSUN’s MA in Experimental Psychology program. I developed a very early working relationship with Dr. Abraham Rutchick, eventually talking him into being my thesis advisor and letting me do some reasoning research on top of it. I was his lab coordinator for my second year in the program and I am still his webmaster; we are still good friends and he is someone I definitely seek for advice. I graduated with my MA in 2011.

 

UCSB In the summer of 2011, I moved to Santa Barbara and began the Ph.D. program in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). My advisor was Dr. Russell Revlin, a reasoning researcher who has studied human reasoning for more than 40 years. In addition to my research program, I was able to strengthen my teaching skills through various programs that culminated in a teaching portfolio and an awarding of the Certificate in College and Undergraduate Teaching (CCUT). Research methods and statistics is an academic passion of mine, and so I have an interdisciplinary degree emphasis in quantitative methods (Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences, QMSS).

 

Mount Mary UniversityIn 2016, post-PhD graduation, I moved to Milwaukee, WI. I taught at two awesome local universities: Mount Mary University and Marquette University. Each brought their own flavor and challenges, but I was able to expand my teaching skills and add to my content repertoire. I especially had a fantastic time at Mount Mary, where I met some wonderful peers and colleagues! I firmly believe these experiences aided in my quest for an Assistant Professorship, which ultimately led me to Eureka College, where I have been since 2017.

 

Some personal tidbits…Easter 2017

I’ve been married to the love of my life, Astrid, since 2010. Our son, Oliver, was born in 2014. We welcomed our daughter, Elliot, on Thanksgiving Day 2016. I talk about these people a lot in my teaching, especially my kids!

I enjoy watching movies/TV (like A LOT), spending time with my family and friends, and training in Krav Maga (my previous [great] studio: SB Krav Maga).

My side hobbies include all things gadgets, playing strategy/city-building games, webmastering and tinkering with websites, and lifehacking.