Kristine Ainsworth Swank

Kristine Ainsworth Swank

Librarian; Preceptor; Lecturer

Preceptor, Lecturer, and Library Coordinator, Signum University; and Library Director, Pima Community College, Northwest Campus, Tucson, Arizona

Kris Swank is a Preceptor, Lecturer, and Library Coordinator at Signum University. She is also Library Director at Pima Community College–Northwest Campus, Tucson, Arizona. Kris holds a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in Humanities and English, Dana College; and Masters degrees in Library Science (University of Arizona), International Management (Thunderbird), and Language and Literature (Signum University). She is currently studying at the University of Glasgow with Dr. Dimitra Fimi. Kris has been published in Tolkien StudiesMythloreThe Journal of Tolkien Research, and over a dozen edited collections. She has also written on library topics for Library JournalAmerican Libraries, and other professional publications. Her honors and awards include the Horner Japanese Exchange Fellowship, Arizona Library Association (1992); the Barton Kyle Yount Award, Thunderbird (1995); the Professional Enrichment Recognition Award (2012) and Outstanding Honors Faculty (2014, 2019), Pima Community College; and two Research Support Awards, University of Glasgow (2019).

Upcoming Courses

IDCourse NameDurationStart Date
LITA 5316Ursula K. Le Guin: Worldbuilder12 weeksAugust 30, 2021

Other Courses

IDCourse NameDurationStart Date
LITA 5312Tolkien’s Wars and Middle-earth12 WeeksMay 4, 2020
LITA 5304Modern Fantasy12 WeeksAugust 26, 2019
LITB 5303The Dystopian Tradition12 WeeksMay 6, 2019
LITB 5308The Inklings and Science Fiction12 weeksMay 2, 2016

Other Events

IDEvent NameDurationStart Date
Thesis Theater: Alexis Heit1 HoursSeptember 4, 2020
Hugo Award 2020: Best Novel Roundtable1 HoursJuly 31, 2020
John Garth: Author Chat and Q&A1 HoursJuly 24, 2020
Signum Symposium: Roundtable on Summer 2020 Courses1 HoursApril 21, 2020
Signum Symposium: Phillip Pullman’s “The Secret Commonwealth”1 HoursOctober 4, 2019
Mythgard Movie Club: Camelot2 HoursAugust 8, 2019
Mythgard Movie Club: Blade Runner 20492 HoursMarch 14, 2019
MMC002-01Mythgard Movie Club: Blade Runner2 HoursJanuary 31, 2019
MMC001-09Mythgard Movie Club: She2 HoursOctober 11, 2018
Thesis Theater: Emily Denny and Lola Lindle1 HoursSeptember 28, 2018
Thesis Theater: Franny Moore-Kyle & John Costello19 WeeksMay 21, 2018
Christmas Faculty Roundtable1 HoursDecember 22, 2016
Thesis Chat with Kris Swank1 HoursOctober 7, 2016