Professional Bio

Ph.D. English and American Studies, Michigan State University, 1995.
Dissertation Title: “Performing Selfhood and the Theatrical Imagination in Antebellum America.”

M.A. American Studies, Penn State University--Harrisburg, 1990.

B.A. English, Messiah College, 1988.

Research & Scholarship

Refereed Articles 

Nicotera, N., N. Cutforth, E. Fretz, S. Thompson. "Dedication to community engagement: A higher education conundrum." Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship 4.1 (2011): 37-49.

Boyte, H., E. Fretz. “Civic Professionalism.” Journal of Higher Education, Outreach and Engagement. 14. 2 (2010): 67-90.

Fretz, E., N. Nicotera, N. Cutforth, and S. Summers Thompson. “A Case Study of Institutional Visioning, Public Good and the Renewal of Democracy: The Theory and Practice of Public Good Work at the University of Denver.” The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. 13.1 (2009): 87-109.

Fretz, E. “Practicing Politics in Higher Education: Community Organizing Strategies for the University.” Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. 12. 2 (2008): 69-94.

Fretz, E. and K. MacGuire. “Public Dialogue Series as Service Learning.” Academic Exchange Quarterly. Spring (2007): 103-108.

Cooper, D. and E. Fretz. “The Service Learning Project: Re-Writing the Humanities Through Service Learning and Public Work.” Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service Learning and Community Literacy. Winter (2006): 133-52.

Fretz, E. "Stylized Public Processions and the Literary Carnivalesque in the Fiction of Nathaniel Hawthorne." The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review. 19 Summer (1995): 11-17.

Book Chapters 

Cooper, D. and E. Fretz. “Service Learning Through Public Work and Public Deliberation.” Going Public, edited by Hiram Fitzgerald. Michigan State University Press. Forthcoming, fall 2013.

McCauley, Sarah, N. Nicotera, E. Fretz, et al. "Civic leadership and public achievement at the University of Denver’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning." From Command to Community: A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities. (2011): 149-168.

Boyte, Harry C., and Eric Fretz. "Civic professionalism." Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.14.2 (2010): 67-90.

Fretz, E. “Student Learning in the Engaged Academy.” Section Editor Notes. Handbook of Engaged Scholarship: Contemporary Landscapes, Future Directions, edited by Hiram Fitzgerald, Diane L. Zimmerman, Cathy Burach and Sarena D. Seifer. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press. 2010: 309-313

Fretz, E. and N. Longo. “Students Co-creating and Engaged Academy.” Handbook of Engaged Scholarship: Contemporary Landscapes, Future Directions, edited by Hiram Fitzgerald, Diane L. Zimmerman, Cathy Burach and Sarena D. Seifer. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press. 2010: 313-330.

Fretz, Eric. "PT Barnum’s Theatrical Selfhood and the Nineteenth-Century Culture of Exhibition." Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body. (1996): 97-107.

Gross, Barry, and Eric Fretz. "What Fitzgerald Thought of the Jews: Resisting Type in'The Hotel Child.'." New Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Neglected Stories. Ed. Jackson R. Bryer. Columbia: University of Missouri Press. (1996): 189-205.

Awards & Recognition

Grants

Morgridge Family Foundation. 2008-10. $315,000 for student civic engagement initiatives at the University of Denver.

CU Federal Credit Union Grant. 2005. $1800 to develop a Public Achievement program at Angevine Middle School, Lafayette, Colorado.

Communities Strengthening Colorado. 2005. $3000 Training and Technical Assistance grant to contract with the Center for Democracy and Citizenship to implement training workshops at Naropa University.

Communities Strengthening Colorado. 2005. $1500 Training and Technical Assistance grant to take 7 Centaurus High School teachers and students to Public Achievement Festival.

Gil Foundation Grant. 2004. $1500 Public Achievement Project van rental. September 2005.

Naropa University Faculty Development Grant. 2004. $1,500 to attend “Inside/Out Training.”

Communities Strengthening Colorado. 2003. &75,000 from Corporation for National and Community Service to develop civic dialogues on race and ethnicity in Lafayette, Colorado.

Bridges to the Future Fund. 2002. $2,000 to conduct Study Circle Resource Center dialogues in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Private donation to develop Service-Learning Project in Honors Program. 1997. $1,200 to develop community engagement project in Honors Program at Loras
College.