John Swensson is an emeritus professor of English at De Anza College, where he has spent the last 31 years. While here, he also served as president of the Academic Senate, dean of the Language Arts Division and interim vice president of Instruction. He currently coordinates the Global Education Partnerships at the college. This Study Abroad Program will go to Paris in summer 2020 and has been to London, Vietnam (many times), Taiwan, Beijing, Belize, Kenya and the Philippines.

He first taught English at his alma mater, West Point, and much of the material in his textbook comes from the U.S. Military Academy – the Plebe English "M1A1 Argumentative Theme." He also wrote the writing text for the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College, and was co-producer with a "co-story" credit for the movie "Fire Birds" with Nicolas Cage, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Young and portions of the Army's Apache helicopter fleet.

A veteran of the Vietnam conflict, he has an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Northern Colorado. He counts his teaching (at seven colleges including Foothill and Maui Community College) as his greatest accomplishment after keeping soldiers alive in Vietnam, and he is happy to share his teaching with you.

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Classes I Teach

Winter 2022

32700EWRT 214YCritical Reading, Writing and Thinking

Fall 2021

22542EWRT 1A30ZComposition and Reading
25500EWRT 1A73ZComposition and Reading

Faculty Info

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John Swensson




Forum 6A


  • BS in Engineering, United States Military Academy
  • MA in English, University of Virginia
  • MS in Business Systems, University of Northern Colorado

Office Hours

Spring 2018

Monday - Thursday
9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
and by appointment

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