Kristine Ainsworth Swank

Kristine Ainsworth Swank


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

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

Upcoming Courses

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
LITC 5303 Folkloric Transformations: Vampires & Big Bad Wolves 12 weeks August 31, 2020

Other Courses

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
LITA 5312 Tolkien’s Wars and Middle-earth 12 Weeks May 4, 2020
LITA 5304 Modern Fantasy 12 Weeks August 26, 2019
LITB 5303 The Dystopian Tradition 12 Weeks May 6, 2019
LITB 5308 The Inklings and Science Fiction 12 weeks May 2, 2016

Other Events

ID Event Name Duration Start Date
Signum Symposium: Roundtable on Summer 2020 Courses 1 Hours April 21, 2020
Signum Symposium: Phillip Pullman’s “The Secret Commonwealth” 1 Hours October 4, 2019
Mythgard Movie Club: Camelot 2 Hours August 8, 2019
Mythgard Movie Club: Blade Runner 2049 2 Hours March 14, 2019
MMC002-01 Mythgard Movie Club: Blade Runner 2 Hours January 31, 2019
MMC001-09 Mythgard Movie Club: She 2 Hours October 11, 2018
Thesis Theater: Emily Denny and Lola Lindle 1 Hours September 28, 2018
Thesis Theater: Franny Moore-Kyle & John Costello 19 Weeks May 21, 2018
Christmas Faculty Roundtable 1 Hours December 22, 2016
Thesis Chat with Kris Swank 1 Hours October 7, 2016