Profile

Education

B.S. – University of Florida, 1999 – Mathematics
B.A. – University of Florida, 1999 – English
M.A.T. – University of Florida, 2001 – Mathematics
M.A. – University of Florida, 2006 – English
Ph.D. – University of Florida, 2007 – Education

Biography

Dr. Andrew Grunzke joined the faculty at Mercer University in 2010 and is an associate professor of education. After completing his Ph.D. in Foundations of Education at the University of Florida, he served for two years as a special education teacher in a self-contained classroom and spent an additional two years teaching drop-out prevention mathematics and English for students recommended for expulsion at a secondary school outside of Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Grunzke maintains an active research agenda and close relationships with the History of Education Society, the Popular Culture Association, and the Southern History of Education Society.

Teaching

His primary undergraduate teaching responsibilities are in the area of middle grades education with an emphasis on literacy, English/language arts, and children's/young adult literature.  Additionally, he teaches graduate courses in socio-historical foundations of education.

Scholarship

Dr. Grunzke's research interests focus on the history of education with a particular emphasis on the histories of children's media, informal/non-formal education, and the representations of education and educators in popular media. He is the author of two books, Educational Institutions in Horror Film: The History of Mad Professors, Student Bodies, and Final Exams (2015) and Education and the Female Superhero: Slayers, Cyborgs, Sorority Sisters and Schoolteachers (2019).  His work also appears in such volumes as The Oxford Handbook on the History of Education, Educating through Popular Culture: “You're Not Cool Just Because You Teach with Comics,” and American Education in Popular Media: From the Blackboard to the Silver Screen.

Publications

Scholarly Monographs
Andrew L. Grunzke.  Educational Institutions in Horror Film: The History of Mad Professors, Student Bodies and Final Exams.  New York: Palgrave, 2015.
Andrew L. Grunzke.  Education and the Female Superhero: Slayers, Cyborgs, Sorority Sisters, and Schoolteachers.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.
Chapters in an Edited Volume
Andrew L. Grunzke. “Jim Henson (1936-1993): The Lovers, the Dreamers, and Him,” in Mark West and Kathy Merlock Jackson (eds.) Shapers of American Childhood
Andrew L. Grunzke.  “Using Multimodal Literacy to Teach Gender History through Comic Books, or How ‘Wonder Woman of History’ Became ‘Marriage a la Mode’” in  Edward Janak and Ludovic Sourdot (eds.)  Educating through Popular Culture: “You’re Not Cool Just Because You Teach with Comics,” Studies in the Integration of Popular Culture in Teaching and Learning. Latham, MD: Lexington Press, March 2017.
Andrew L. Grunzke.  “Non-Formal and Informal Education,” in Eileen Tamura and John Rury (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the History of Education.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.
Andrew L. Grunzke.  “The Importance of Teaching Ernest: The Fool Goes Back to School in Television and Film Comedies of the Late Twentieth Century,” in Sevan Terzian and Patrick Ryan (eds.), American Education in Popular Media: From the Blackboard to the Silver Screen. New York: Palgrave, 2015.
Journal Articles
Sevan G. Terzian & Andrew L. Grunzke.  “Scrambled Eggheads:  Ambivalent Representations of Scientists in Six Hollywood Film Comedies from 1961 to 1965.”  Public Understanding of Science 16 (October 2007):  407-419.
Book Reviews
Andrew L Grunzke, Review of Media U: How the Need to Win Audiences Has Shaped Higher Education, by Mark Garrett Cooper and John Marx, History of Education Quarterly Volume 59, Number 3 (August 2019).

Service

In addition to providing support to the local community and the university, Dr. Grunzke serves as the chair of the Popular Culture Affinity Group for the History of Education Society.