Teaching Assistant Professor


Teaching writing at CU Boulder is the best job I’ve ever had. Being an effective communicator is essential for success in life and I delight in encouraging students on their path to more effective written communication. I draw on my philosophical training to make First Year Writing and Rhetoric a process of self-discovery where students grow as thinkers and writers. As a long-time yogi, I like to offer “one minute of yoga” in the classroom to help my stressed-out students pause, take a breath, and smile. Also uplifting to their spirits is my unofficial therapy dog, Cha-Cha, who can be seen romping around campus with me from time to time.

Selected publications:

Swan, L.S. (forthcoming, 2023). Resilience and Leadership. SAGE Encyclopedia of Leadership Studies. Goethals, G.R., Allison, S.T., and Sorenson, G.J. (Eds).

Swan, L.S. (since 2017). Psychology Today blog: “The Philosopher Is In: prescriptions for sanity in an insane world.”

Swan, L.S. (2013). Origins of Mind. Dordrecht: Springer.  (translated into Chinese in 2016)

Swan, L.S. (2011). Yoga—Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body. Boston: Wiley-Blackwell.