The Distance Education and Training Council recently honored Ms. Nanette Swarthout, a longtime DETC Evaluator, with the DETC Distance Education Award. The award is presented to individuals primarily outside the distance education field who have distinguished themselves for their outstanding contributions and service to distance education.
Ms. Nanette Swarthout is a senior instructor at Fontbonne University’s Options Program, teaching Human Resources and Business courses to Bachelors and MBA degree students. Ms. Swarthout was the Instructional Design Consultant for DRA/SIRSI, a leading library software automation company. Prior to the purchase of DRA by SIRSI, she was the training and conversions manager for DRA. Ms Swarthout started her career working for Trans World Airlines as a reservation sales agent and worked her way up to Director of Employment Services. While working for the airline, Ms Swarthout also held the positions of Director of Employee Relations, Director and Manager of Training, and Training Instructor for the Trans World Travel Academy, an operating division of the airline. Further, Swarthout is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Employment Management Association, and the American Society of Training and Development. She has served on numerous DETC Examining committees as an Evaluator for both Educational and Business Standards. Ms Swarthout earned an MBA degree from Fontbonne University and a B.S. in Communications from Illinois State University.
For the past 20 years, Nanette has been one of the top evaluators in the DETC accrediting program, travelling at the drop of a hat to more than 100 schools in more than15 states. Her acumen in business and academic matters, her skills as a committee chair, her priceless insights on how a good institution should look and her ability to write clear and constructive Chairs’ Reports make her one of the finest accreditation committee volunteers in the nation.
Her professionalism and cheerful nature make her welcomed wherever she goes, and her sense of fair play and thoroughness have helped make the DETC accrediting program what it is today respected, fair and value-adding to institutions and students. Although she was not there to accept the award it person, Nanette’s DETC Distance Education Award was presented at the 85th Annual Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia.
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