Susan Claussen Bunger

Susan Claussen Bunger


Ms. Bunger teaches Contemporary Sociology and Native American Studies. Other courses she has taught at Augustana include Sociology of Family and Social Stratification. Her interests and areas of study include social stratification, power in society, and cultural diversity. She received her bachelor's degree with an emphasis in sociology from Augustana and her master's degree in sociology from South Dakota State University. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society, and Augustana College Honor Society.

Dr. Susan Schrader

Dr. Susan L. Schrader


Dr. Schrader received her Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota and teaches the department's courses in Gerontology, Family, Medical Sociology, and Social Science Research Methods. With an extensive background in health care organizations, she has been very effective in arranging internships for students interested in social service and health-related occupations. In addition to teaching at Augustana, Dr. Schrader has been a regular grant reviewer for the DHHS Bureau of Health Professions, chairs the statewide coalition on end of life (LifeCircle South Dakota), and provides leadership to various boards. Dr. Schrader is actively involved in research and publication, including recent statewide surveys of South Dakotans' knowledge, attitudes and preferences at end of life and qualitative studies about centenarians and people without grandchildren. Dr. Schrader is the coordinator of Augustana's gerontology minor.

William Swart

Dr. William J. Swart
Associate Professor & Department Chair


Dr. Swart’s on campus teaching includes courses in Ethnicity, Native American Studies, Sociological Theory, and Deviance and Criminology. He also teaches global education courses that explore conflict and resolution in Ireland and Northern Ireland and globalization in Australia. Dr. Swart currently serves as the President of the Upper Midwest Association for Intercultural Education (UMAIE), which is an intercollegiate consortium for international education. The central “theme” in Dr. Swart’s research considers the broad influence of globalization on local politics, economics, and identities. His most recent research explores the commodification of the Sturgis, S.D., Motorcycle Rally, the role of globalization in Irish national identity, and the influence of the European Union on European food politics, Dr. Swart earned his master’s degree in sociology from Marquette University and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Kansas.