Colleen Swain

Colleen Swain, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Undergraduate and Online Education, Professor of Education

Phone: 903.565.5898


Colleen Swain, Ph.D.

Colleen Swain, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Provost for Undergraduate and Online Education, Professor of Education
Department: Education
Building: STE 313
Phone: 903.565.5898


  • Ph.D. University of North Texas, 1997
    Dissertation Title: A comparison of computer-administered test and a paper and pencil test using normally achieving and mathematically disabled young children.
  • M.S. University of North Texas, 1993
    Major: Computer Education & Cognitive Systems
  • B.S. Baylor University, 1987
    Major: Secondary Education


Dr. Swain considers it a privilege to serve The University of Texas at Tyler as Associate Provost for Undergraduate and Online Education. Dr. Swain began her work as Associate Provost in June 2018. Before her move into Academic Affairs, Dr. Swain served as Associate Dean of the College of Education and Psychology and the Director of the School of Education.

Prior to coming to UT Tyler, Dr. Swain served in faculty and administrative roles at the University of Florida. She is originally from Texas and began her teaching career in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.

Recent Courses Taught at The University of Texas at Tyler

  • Instructional Coaching
  • Tools Used in Instructional Coaching
  • Teacher Learning and Professional Development
  • Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
  • Student Teaching Seminar

Courses Taught at the University of Florida

  • Doctoral Seminar: Theoretical Perspectives of Curriculum
  • Doctoral Seminar: Readings in Educational Technology in Teacher Education
  • Doctoral Seminar: Research in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Effective Teaching & Classroom Management 
  • The Secondary Curriculum
  • Transforming the Curriculum
  • Integrating Technology into the Secondary Classroom
  • Research for Educational Technologists 
  • Integrating Technology into the Secondary Curricula
  • Designing Technology Rich Curriculum
  • Distance Teaching & Learning 
  • Educational Technology & the Teacher
  • Utilizing Technology in Administration
  • Supervision of Internship/Student Teaching
  • Colloquium for Internship/Student Teaching

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Swain's research focuses on the acquisition of instructional expertise by pre-service and in-service teachers. She examines how this expertise influences individual educators, as well as the schools in which they enact their practice. Recently, she has been investigating how coaching, as a form of professional development, changes the beliefs and practices of pre-service and in-service teachers and how these changes influence teaching practices and advance the learning of all students.

Dr. Swain’s research encompasses three subthemes. The first subtheme explores the notion of pre-service teachers developing into proficient teachers who are prepared to meet the needs of all the students they teach.

The second subtheme centers on the effectiveness of professional development strategies, such as coaching, for in-service teachers as they deepen their understanding of instructional methods, content, and the context of their students’ lives.  The third subtheme is the exploration of how the use of coaching and other forms of job-embedded professional development for principals transforms the teaching and learning environment of schools.

Curriculum Vitae