Rachel Olivia Kobylas
On Good Friday, Professor Craig Swanson was issued documentation for the beginning of a dismissal process from St. Clair County Community College. “This was a recommendation of my evaluating committee that I be dismissed,” Swanson said.
This process began with an overall poor committee evaluation from Denise McNeil, Vice President of Academic Services; Kraig Archer, Discipline Coordinator; Scott Fernandez, committee member.
According to Swanson, “Denise McNeil now has 10 days to make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Then the Board decides whether or not to dismiss me.”
“This came very much as a shock,” Craig Swanson said. “I’m more friendly than authoritative in demeanor, but I didn’t think it would rise to this level.”
Swanson also said of the evaluation that it looked as though he is “forcing my opinion on [the students], like I’m a tyrant in class, trying to make them believe the way I do and my students will say that’s clearly not the case.”
The Board of Trustee meeting, which will decide Swanson’s fate, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15 and will be in room 150 of the Citizens First Michigan Technical Education Center.
Swanson said, “I’m going to fight it as vigorously as I can. I’m trying to clear my reputation, as this is saying I’m not an adequate professor, and I’d say I’m one of the better ones. I will fight this dismissal and hopefully remain here.”
Professor Swanson has been teaching at St. Clair County Community College for two years, while his career consists of 12 years of teaching. He is the current President of LAND, The Liberal Arts Network for Development, a state-wide organization and has participated in several student organizations including speaking at a Symposium for Phi Theta Kappa.