Dr. Swails earned an A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. in history from the University of Georgia as well as an M.A. in near east studies from Brandeis University. In 1993, Dr. Swails began teaching at ORU in the upper division history. Eventually he became director of ORU’s Center for Israel and Middle East Studies.
Dr. Swails has been nominated as a Who’s Who among American Teachers for multiple years as well as being named Teacher of the Year in the former ORU School of Arts and Sciences. In 2007, he was appointed to the U.S. Advisory Board of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem.
In addition to his numerous awards, he currently meets with the Board of Governors for Ariel University in Israel.
As part of IACOPM delegations served as short term elections observer to countries of the former USSR.