College of Education and Public Policy

Terri Swim, Ph.D.Photo of Terri Swim, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Dean 

  • Office: Neff Hall, 250A
  • Phone: 260-481-6442
  • Fax: 260-481-5408
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Professional Background

Dr. Terri Jo Swim is a Full Professor in the Educational Studies department in the College of Education and Public Policy at IPFW. Her primary teaching responsibilities include courses dealing with child development and early childhood education. Dr. Swim’s research interests include infant, toddler, and preschool curriculum, teacher education, and the development of dispositions for adults and children.

Community Service

Dr. Swim's service to the community includes being a reviewer for programs seeking national recognition through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Regionally, she was instrumental in getting the new Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education program approved at IPFW. Students can now move seamlessly from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree. According to Dean Barry Kanpol, "Creating a career lattice of this nature demonstrates our vision and leadership for the profession as well as our commitment to workforce development.”

Select Publications

Dr. Swim co-authored the best-selling second edition of Creative Resources for Infants and Toddlers. She also recently co-edited The hope for audacity: Recapturing optimism and civility in education and published a chapter in that book titled School readiness and the power of documentation: Changing the public images to see the "rich child." In addition, the 8th edition of her book Infants and Toddlers: Curriculum & Teaching is in production to be released Fall 2012.