Science journalism faculty

Carol Schwalbe

Susan Swanberg 

Tom Beal

CAROL SCHWALBE: The assistant professor, who became director of the UA School of Journalism in July 2018, launched a science journalism curriculum for the school. She was named the 2014 Journalism & Mass Communication Teacher of the Year by the Scripps Howard Foundation. Schwalbe’s science journalism class has produced several magazines: SciView, which featured stories on lightning and a photo essay on Biosphere 2; SkyView, which delved into the research and science of the Santa Catalina Mountains; BioView, which focused on the Biosphere 2; and Scientific Tucsonan, a multimedia tablet magazine that won honorable mention in online magazine category of the AEJMC Magazine Division's 2015 contest.


  • B.A., Smith College
  • ​M.A., The George Washington University

SUSAN SWANBERG: Dr. Swanberg has conducted research on "junk" DNA, telomere biology and autism genetics. She has published both peer-reviewed scientific articles and science articles for the public. As an incoming assistant professor at the University of Arizona School of Journalism, Dr. Swanberg hopes to impart to her students the importance of journalism in a democratic society, and the value of writing about science for the public. Her research program will focus on the role of propaganda in the history of science journalism, the knowledge gap between scientists and science journalists, gatekeeping in science journalism and framing of health risks in the media.


  • B.A. University of Oregon (psychology)
  • J.D. University of Oregon School of Law (law)
  • M.S. Sacramento State University (biological sciences)
  • Ph.D. University of California, Davis (genetics)
  • M.A. University of Arizona (journalism)

TOM BEAL: The adjunct instructor was a science reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, where he worked for 43 years before retiring in 2017. A graduate of Rutgers University College of South Jersey in Camden, Beal held numerous posts at the Star, including police reporter, assistant city editor, editorial page columnist, special projects editor and team leader for the politics and government team. He also has taught Reporting the News and Reporting Public Affairs at UA.