DEPARTMENT: Housing and Residence Life
POSITION: Director, Dir. Student Accountability and Dir. Restorative Justice
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | UC 227
PHONE: (540) 432-4128
Jonathan Swartz obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bethel College (Mishawaka, IN), a Masters of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary (2014) and a Masters in Conflict Transformation (MACT) degree from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (2014). During seminary and graduate school studies at EMU, Jonathan served as a Campus Ministries Intern and as Restorative Justice Facilitator/Assistant Resident Director in Residence Life. Before moving to Harrisonburg in 2011, Jonathan spent 10 years in the construction industry, primarily building new homes in Northern Indiana.
Since 2014, Jonathan has served as EMU’s Restorative Justice Coordinator with primary focus on student support and accountability. In 2014 he spent a year researching the student conduct response system at EMU, which resulted in the writing of the report: Student Conduct and Restorative Justice Assessment. He has also served as the Assistant Director of University Accord since fall 2015. In addition, Jonathan has served as an adjunct professor in the Bible and Religion Department at EMU, and has also guest lectured/presented in graduate and undergraduate courses in Restorative Justice.
Jonathan’s research and reading interests include theology and race/whiteness, restorative justice practice and theory – including/especially RJ and race, healing and reconciliation, and contemporary justice/peace movements.