2017 Tillman Scholar

Scott Swisher

Fordham University
Ph.D., Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research

“I feel obliged to help strengthen education by working to make it more inclusive.”

Scott honorably served in the U.S. Army for four years. During his service, he supported airborne operations for elite units as a parachute rigger. In 2003, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

After separating from the Army in 2004, Scott studied at Montana State University where he double majored in English Literature and Philosophy. He then pursued an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language at Gonzaga University. Following a teaching stint, he once again took an oath and volunteered for the Peace Corps. From 2012-2014, he served in Kukes, Albania, where he taught English at a regional university and worked to improve the capacity of local Albanian teachers.

Selected as a Tillman Scholar in 2017, Scott pursued a Ph.D. in Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research at Fordham University in New York City.  Since graduating, Scott has worked with incarcerated individuals, government employees, and Servicemembers.