B. K. Swartz Jr., PhD

Title: Archaeologist, Educator

Company: Ball State University

Location: Muncie, Indiana, United States

K. Swartz Jr., PhD, Archaeologist and Educator at Ball State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Social Science.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Dr. Swartz has fostered his interest in teaching and earned the title of professor emeritus at Ball State after 42 years as a museum curator and professor. He is a valued resource in South African, West African, and Indiana archaeology, and has written numerous monographs and books on the subjects. Dr. Swartz is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award featured in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Who’s Who in the World.

Born to Benjamin Kinsell Swartz and Maxine Marietta Swartz in Los Angeles, Dr. Swartz attended the Los Angeles City College to earn an AA, summa cum laude, followed by a BA and MA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He traveled to Oregon in 1959 to become a curator and research associate with the Klamath County Museum, and in 1964 earned a PhD from the University of Arizona. Dr. Swartz joined Ball State initially as a professor of anthropology, and continued to teach until accepting his current title in 2001. While at UCLA, Dr. Swartz served two years with the U.S. Navy. He has been a visiting professor all over the world, and is the president of the American Committee to Advance the Study of Petroglyphs and Pictographs, among numerous archaeological affiliations.

Dr. Swartz is the author of such works as “Rock Art and Posterity” in 1991 and “Indiana’s Prehistoric Past” in 1981. He was chosen in 1959 to be the Klamath County Chairman of the Oregon Statehood Centennial, and demonstrated his leadership as a member of the Indiana Academy of Sciencet, the Society of American Archaeology, and the International Committee of Rock Art. Dr. Swartz is a recognized member of Sigma Xi and sits on the national council of Lambda Alpha. He married Cyrilla Casillas in 1966 and is the proud father of Benjamin Kinsell III and Frank Casillas. In his free time, Dr. Swartz enjoys hiking and walking.

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