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Stephen Swartz

Stephen  Swartz

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management

dept: Department of Systems and Technology
phone: (334) 844-6531
office: 423 Lowder Business Building


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, Michigan State University, 1999
  • Master of Science in Logistics Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1991
  • Master of Arts in Human Resource Development, Webster University, 1988
  • Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1987
  • Associate of Science in Airport Management, Western Oklahoma State College, 1989
  • Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Management, Community College of the Air Force, 1984

Before joining academia, Dr. Swartz served in the United States Air Force in a variety of production and analysis positions in aircraft maintenance, logistics, and supply chain management. Steve was selected by the Air Force to attend Michigan State University in the doctoral program in Business Administration. His Ph.D. was awarded in May of 1999, with a major area of study in Operations and Sourcing Management and a minor in Logistics Management. He was assigned to the faculty of the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he served on active duty as an Assistant Professor of Logistics Management until his retirement from the Air Force in 2004. While there, Dr. Swartz served as committee chair for over 30 Master’s theses and supervised a variety of funded and unfunded research projects, leading to the publication and presentation of numerous research reports and journal articles.  He earned multiple college-level awards for teaching and instructional development. Additionally, he served on and led many institution level committees and projects.

From 2004 through 2012 Dr. Swartz served the University of North Texas as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Logistics Management in the Department of Marketing and Logistics. During his tenure at North Texas, Steve was actively engaged in student recruiting and mentoring (serving as faculty advisor for 4 different student organizations) in addition to chairing and serving on faculty committees and community boards in aviation and transportation. In 2008 he led the effort to create the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Logistics degree program; designing the courses and materials to meet aviation industry workforce needs identified by the state and economic development partners. Approved in 2010 it quickly became the fastest growing program in the College of Business. He launched a major research effort in transportation safety, with a focus on the behavioral and attitudinal factors influencing decision making by vehicle operators and crewmembers. He served as both lead and co-investigator on multiple externally funded research projects for the transportation industry and the State of Texas.  His teaching at North Texas focused on the Economics of the Aviation Industry, Vehicle Maintenance and Reliability, and International Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Dr. Swartz is currently serving as an Associate Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management for the Department of Aviation and Supply Chain Management at Auburn University. He is continuing to develop the research stream in transportation safety and human behavior; developing tools for assessing and improving the “safety mindset” of transportation crewmembers in order to improve their decision making skills.  These tools are focused on operator training and education as well as workforce screening.  His other active research effort includes the optimal allocation of disaster relief aid across transportation constrained distribution networks during humanitarian crises. His teaching focus is currently in the areas of customer service and order fulfillment.

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