Jane Swinney, Ph.D., has been named department head of Design, Housing and Merchandising in the College of Human Sciences. Swinney joined the department in 2000 and was promoted to associate professor in 2006. She has provided leadership for DHM as program coordinator for the merchandising degree option, graduate program coordinator, associate department head, internship coordinator for apparel design and production and merchandising, and interim department head.
Swinney earned a bachelor of science in textiles and clothing from Colorado State, a master’s degree from Iowa State University and a doctorate of philosophy in Human Sciences from Oklahoma State University.
As the College of Human Sciences representative to the University Assessment and Academic Improvement Council, she is highly engaged with the assessment of student learning and has served as the assessment coordinator for the department at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2007, Swinney received the OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching Award. Her teaching is in the area of retail management and profitable merchandising analysis. Her research on small business and family business has been published in numerous journals. Currently she is serving as President of the American Collegiate Retail Association.