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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 (two grown 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. His attempts to live out the values espoused in his writings include extensive involvement with the Seattle Public Schools, where he has taught classes, consulted on programs, and led a tutoring non-profit that served 30 Seattle public schools.

Dr. Fritzberg also teaches master’s and doctoral-level courses addressing moral issues involved in the education of children.

Vitae Summary

As founder of University Tutors for Seattle Schools (UTSS), director (2012-17), UTSS SPU liaison and previous projects, approximately $5,650,000 procured in grants, contracts, and donations since 2005. UTSS has employed over 350 individual tutors, including many graduate students in education, with approximately 100 additional SPU federal work-study students placed in schools through UTSS and three years of SPU tutoring programming preceding the formation of UTSS in 2012. 

16 scholarly articles published, 10 in peer-reviewed journals; one book published; four popular press essays published; 16 national and international presentations; three radio interviews, local and national, including NPR’s All Things Considered; five years editor of Curriculum in Context with three national awards; four years chair of Curriculum and Instruction master’s program; 14 graduate and undergraduate courses taught; currently completing 23 years as education professor, 19 years at Seattle Pacific University; urban alternative schoolteacher and youth minister prior to entering higher education.

Established and funded $25,000 Research Dissemination Fund for SPU School of Education faculty in 2016-17.

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

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.”