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Faculty Profile

Greg	Fritzberg

Greg Fritzberg

Professor of Education

Phone: 206-281-2363
Office: Peterson Hall 415

Education: BA, Pacific Lutheran University, 1985; MA, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1992; PhD, University of Washington, 1998. At SPU since 2001.

Greg Fritzberg grew up near Seattle in Edmonds, Washington, and now lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. Dr. Fritzberg is the son of a school teacher and principal, and after a few years in the Young Life youth ministry landed in the K–12 educational world like his parents.

While teaching at an alternative high school in the Skyway neighborhood of South Seattle, Dr. Fritzberg completed the MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary that he began while in Young Life, and later completed a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington in 1998. After beginning his college teaching career at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, he arrived at SPU in 2001. 

Dr. Fritzberg's scholarly writing has focused on the policy implications of equality of educational opportunity in the United States. Dr. Fritzberg's attempts to live out the values espoused in his writings through extensive involvement with the Seattle Public Schools, where he has taught classes, consulted on programs, and now leads a tutoring effort serving approximately 10 Seattle schools. 

Dr. Fritzberg also teaches masters and doctoral level courses addressing moral issues involved in the education of children.


In the Shadow of "Excellence:" Recovering a Vision of Educational Opportunity for All

Caddo Gap Press, 1999

Selected Publications

  • “No Child Left Behind? Assessing President Bush’s Assessment Law.” Educational Foundations. Vol. 18, No. 3, 2005.
  • “Mutual Mentoring: Co-Narrating an Educative Friendship Between a University Professor and an Urban Youth.” With Aragaw Alemayehu. The Urban Review. Vol. 36, No. 4, 2004.
  • “Freedom That Counts: The Historic Underpinnings of Positive Liberty and Equality of Educational Opportunity.” Journal of Thought. Vol. 37, No. 2, 2002.
  • “From Rhetoric to Reality: Opportunity-to-Learn Standards and the Integrity of American Public School Reform.” Teacher Education Quarterly. Vol. 28, No. 1, 2001.

Please view Dr. Fritzberg’s CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Greg Fritzberg

Why I Teach at SPU

Greg Fritzberg, Professor of Education

"I teach what educators call "foundations" courses addressing philosophical, theological, historical, and sociological issues in K-12 education because it blends my passion for rigorous inquiry with the practical demands of serving children who populate the schools in our city. I love conversing with SPU graduate students about education in our nation, state, and city, partially because of the rich, practical knowledge they bring to our classroom."