A Michigan native, Professor Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer has taught college courses since 1988, serving more than 20 years full time at Olivet College. He teaches composition, rhetoric and creative writing (fiction, poetry, screenwriting); British literature; cultural studies; and film and television criticism and theory. Professor Hendershott-Kraetzer also teaches courses in the Global Citizens Honors Program, which he helped create.
Professor Hendershott-Kraetzer earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Hope College; his master’s degree in English and creative writing from Western Michigan University; and his doctorate in English from Michigan State University. While earning his doctorate, Professor Hendershott-Kraetzer studied sixteenth and seventeenth century English literature and drama, as well as film and television criticism and theory, and developed the first film and TV comprehensive reading list in the English department. He was also a member of the first Shakespeare on Film seminar at the Folger Library in Washington, D.C.
Professor Hendershott-Kraetzer has presented papers at numerous regional, national and international conferences. He has also led a workshop on the effective presentation of one-hour talks and lectures at a national meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America. His research focuses on film, TV, theatrical and non-dramatic performance and classroom pedagogy and methodology. Professor Hendershott-Kraetzer’s other notable work includes multiple essays and book chapters on “Romeo and Juliet” for film, television, Facebook and Tumblr; a published chapter on the Whedonverse; and consulting work for ProQuest, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Professor Hendershott-Kraetzer has mentored student presentations at the Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters; the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Consortium; and the 2012 Nature in Words Fellow, Carrie Jacob ’13, at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Opportunities to mentor students, such as these, fuel Professor Hendershott-Kraetzer’s passion for teaching.