Career focused on higher education. Currently an Admissions Specialist for Lake Michigan College and an adjunct professor/research associate at Western Michigan University. Scholarly research and publications include healthcare communication and organizational culture. Previous work experience in management/supervision, sales, training and development, and public relations.
Dog lover, Harley owner, outdoor junky, steak fanatic.
Master of Arts, Communication; Bachelor of Arts, Organizational Communication
Braithwaite, D. O., Waldron, V. R., Allen, J., Oliver, B., Bergquist, G., Storck, K., Marsh, J., Swords, N. M., & Tschampl-Diesing, C. (2018). “Feeling warmth and close to her”: Communication and resilience reflected in turning points in positive adult stepchild-stepparent relationships. Journal of Family Communication, 32, 1272 – 1283.
Omilion-Hodges, L. M. & Swords, N. M. (2017). Communication matters: Exploring the intersection of family and provider end of life communication. Behavioral Sciences, 7, 15-23.
Omilion-Hodges, L. M. & Swords, N. M. (2016). The grim reaper, hounds of hell, and Dr. death: The role of storytelling for palliative care in competing medical meaning systems. Health Communication.
Omilion-Hodges, L. M. & Swords, N. M., (2015). Communication that heals: Mindful communication practices from palliative care leaders. Health Communication, 31, 328-335.
Swords, N. M., Orbe, M., Cooke-Jackson, A., & Johnson, A.L. (2014). Exploring the coordinated management of meaning of sex: The social construction of male college student logical forces. Creative Education, 5, 1383-1395.
Sandor, K. S., & Swords, N. M. (2014). Organization Matters. In K. S. Sandor, N. M. Swords, & C. Edwards (Eds.), Communication and community engagement. Southlake, TX: Fountain Head Press.
Swords, N. M. (2013). An exploratory ethnography of the gendered communicative behaviors of bouncers. The Hilltop Review, 6, 2-13, (Lead Article).