I welcome you to my classes. I came to De Anza in 1989 and have taught English, Business, and Speech classes. I served for eight years as Dean of the Language Arts Division including one as Interim VP of Instruction. I am very pleased to be back in the classroom.

A retired Army Officer. I have done a lot of Sales and Marketing experience, and created a Hollywood film, FIRE BIRDS with Nicolas Cage, Tommy Lee Jones, and Sean Young. I have spent many quarters on Campus Abroad in Viet Nam, France, and England, and have lived in Asia, Africa, and Europe. I work with our Global Education Partnerships Program with sister colleges in Viet Nam, China, and soon to be added: Mexico and Belize.

My classes focus a great deal on your individual success and what it takes for YOU to create the choices in your own life that will allow you to prevail, rather then merely endure. These last words are William Faulkner's. I look forward to learning from you. Welcome.

Classes I Teach

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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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