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Education Research Gets a Boost with New Cardus Senior Fellow

Dr. Lynn E. Swaner to contribute research acumen to think tank’s study of independent schools


July 10, 2019

HAMILTON, ON – Dr. Lynn E. Swaner has joined Cardus as a senior fellow in its education program, bolstering an already strong roster of senior fellows. Dr. Swaner’s work will help strengthen Cardus research on the value of North American independent schools and the civic contributions their graduates make.

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“Dr. Swaner knows education inside and out,” said Ray Pennings, Executive Vice President of Cardus. “We’ve relied on her in the past to help focus our education research and give it heft, so to bring her on formally as a senior fellow is a special privilege.” 

Dr. Swaner is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), which strengthens and equips more than 25,000 schools in 108 countries, helping to give her a global perspective on education. At ACSI, she leads initiatives to address compelling questions and challenges Christian education faces – work that’s complementary to what she’ll do through Cardus.

“Cardus research has been instrumental in establishing how much value independent and Christian schools bring to North American society, as well as to students themselves,” said Dr. Swaner. “I’m thrilled to be part of the effort to bring that research to school administrators and educators so that they can better articulate and achieve their mission, while engaging with the broader culture in winsome ways.”

Prior to joining ACSI in 2015, Dr. Swaner served as a Christian school administrator and a graduate professor of education in New York. She is the lead editor of several books, including MindShift: Catalyzing Change in Christian Education (forthcoming 2019) and PIVOT: New Directions for Christian Education. She is also co-author of Bring It to Life: Christian Education and the Transformative Power of Service-Learning, editor of the ACSI blog, and host for the podcast Moving Forward in Christian Education. She holds an Ed.D. in Organization and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University,  a master’s degree in counselling from Long Island University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Binghamton University.


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