Currently Chair of Language and Literature, Professor Schwer joined the Fairmont State University faculty in 1997 and holds degrees from Ball State University (B.S.), Duquesne University (M.A.), and the University of Notre Dame (Ph.D.). At Fairmont State she teaches a wide range of courses, including the composition and general literature offerings. She has a particular interest in nineteenth- century British literature and in the roles of women in the missionary movement. She is co-creator (with Professor Baker) of a CD-ROM hypertext on Malcolm X.
Beyond the campus she explores issues related to women's spirituality and is an avid reader of classic mystery novels, such as those of Dorothy Sayers and P. D. James. Her activities range from singing with the Renaissance City Women's Choir (Pittsburgh) to camping and hiking in West Virginia State parks.