Dr. Michael K. Swan

Michael K. Swan

Emeritus Professor

mswan@wsu.edu

 

 

 

 

Education
Ph.D. in Vocational Education, Oregon State University
M.Ed. in Agricultural Education, Oregon State University
B.S. in Agriculture, Washington State University

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Precision Agricultural Systems
  • Agricultural Systems Management
  • Distance Education
  • Learning Styles / Models of Teaching
  • International Extension / Technology Transfer

Publications
Swan, M.K. (2012). Progressive Discipline  (PIG TBD) – Fact Sheet Pork Information Gateway and Pork Industry Handbook,  United States Pork Center of Excellence, 2012.

Swan, M.K. (2011). Working with Family  Members (PIG 03-04-04) – Fact Sheet Pork Information Gateway and Pork Industry  Handbook, United States Pork Center of Excellence, 2011.

Swan, M.K. (2011). Conflict Management Skills  (PIG 03-05-02) – Fact Sheet Pork Information Gateway and Pork Industry  Handbook, United States Pork Center of Excellence, 2010.

Swan, M.K. (2011). Job Satisfaction (PIG  03-01-05) – Fact Sheet Pork Information Gateway and Pork Industry Handbook,  United States Pork Center of Excellence, 2010.

Swan, M.K. (2010). Efficient Employee  Management (PIG 03-01-03) – Fact Sheet Pork Information Gateway and Pork  Industry Handbook, United States Pork Center of Excellence, 2010.

Swan, M.K. (2009). Barriers to Communication  (PIG 03-05-04) – Fact Sheet Pork Information Gateway and Pork Industry  Handbook, United States Pork Center of Excellence, 2009.

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Dr. Swan with studentMichael K. Swan is an Emeritus Professor of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Agricultural and Food Systems program at Washington State University.  He was coordinator of the Masters of Science in Agriculture program for many years.  Enhancing student learning through quality practical agricultural systems education has been the focus of Dr. Michael Swan’s life for over 30 years and retired from WSU in 2012.  He received his B.S. (1974) degree from Washington State University and his M.Ed. (1984) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees from Oregon State University. For 13 years, he was a secondary teacher of agricultural education in both Washington and Oregon. He joined the WSU faculty in 1997, having spent three years at Oregon State University and seven years at North Dakota State University. His present work focuses on agricultural systems and distance education teaching and delivery. He has led multi-state and multi-institution distance education projects with funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture in addition to programs sponsored by state education agencies. His work has been published in over 70 articles covering agricultural education, especially with regard to distance education and methods of teaching. He has received numerous awards for teaching, research, and international development nationally including the National American Distance Education Consortium Award – Excellence in Distance Education, American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) Research Presentation Award, and the Distinguished Service Award form the Association for Career and Technical Education Research. He has served as national president of both the American Vocational Education Research Association and AAAE. His international projects have taken him to 12 countries in Africa and the Middle East.