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
Cooper, D. and E. Fretz. “Service Learning Through Public Work and Public Deliberation.” Going Public, edited by Hiram Fitzgerald. Michigan State University Press. Forthcoming.
Nicotera, N., S. McCauley, E. Fretz, S. Nickels. From Command to Community: A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities , edited by Cynthia Gibson & Nicholas V. Longo. Tufts University. 2011.
Boyte, H. and E. Fretz. “Civic Professionalism.” Democracy, Higher Education and the Future of Engagement, edited by John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley. Temple University Press. 2011.
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.
Domestic Conference Presentations
“Civic Leadership.” With Nicholas Longo. International Research Conference on Service Learning and Civic Engagement. Ottawa, Canada. 10 October 2009
“The New Leadership: Civic Engagement and the Reviatlization of Democracy.” With Nicholas Longo. International Research Conference on Service Learning and Civic Engagement. Ottawa, Canada. 10 October 2009
Awards & Recognition
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