Dr. Debra Swanson, Professor of Sociology at Hope College, has been elected president of the North Central Sociological Association (NCSA). She will serve as president during the 2016-17 school year, following a year as president-elect during 2015-16.
Swanson has been an active member of the NCSA for more than 20 years, and served as vice president-elect and vice president during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. Especially active in the organization’s teaching section, she has made several presentations on teaching during association meetings through the years. The NCSA presented her with its “John F. Schnabel Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award” during its annual meeting in March 2008, and she was the featured keynote speaker during the NCSA's annual conference in 2009.