January 23, 2022

Dr. Eric Fretz, a Faculty Lecturer at the University of Michigan, discusses the degree programs for Veteran Studies with:

  • Jim Craig – University of Missouri – St. Louis, Veterans in Society; Veterans Studies Association
  • Ernest (Luke) McClees, PhD – Saint Leo University and Director, Military Affairs & Services
  • Travis L. Martin, PhD – Author, Professor EKU, and Director, Kentucky Center for Veterans Studies
  • Bruce Pencek, PhD – Professor, Virginia Tech, and Co-Founder VT Veterans in Society (ViS) initiative

Dr. Eric Fretz – Guest Host on Veterans Radio

Eric Fretz, PhD

From www.umich.edu

Eric Fretz is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a faculty lecturer who creates and delivers classes across campus (Psychology, Innovate Blue Entrepreneurship, School of Education, College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship). In addition to classes from the 100 to 600 level, he also delivers academic readiness classes for Student Veterans at U-M and other institutions locally and nationwide.

Having spent nearly 20 years as an undergraduate and graduate student, almost all of it dealing with the learning sciences, and having run large schoolhouses and taught team skills for the Navy, his primary area of excellence is engaging students in dynamic learning situations where they apply what they are learning to real-world tasks. He has taught for University of Michigan since 2001 and is a certified Master Training Specialist and Golden Apple Nominee.

Retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years, he draws extensively on his experiences in leadership and team dynamics to frame discussions of individual characteristics/differences and how to build and sustain teams that perform at a high level. Three deployments to the Persian Gulf combat zone (from Gulf War 1 in the early 90’s to Baghdad in 2008 assigned to the Army’s 18th Airborne Corps) provide a rich source of lessons and stories about teamwork, management, and leadership.

The Future of Veterans Studies

This program is a follow up to the earlier one on Veteran Studies as a topic, journal, and association. In this episode we talk about:

    • The Evolution of the Discipline of Veteran Studies
    • Challenges in creating and growing such academic programs (Majors, Minors, Certificates)
    • Goals for the future
    • Will there be a PhD program in Veteran Studies in the future?
University of Missouri - St. Louis
St Leo University

St Leo University



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Eastern Kentucky University



For more information:


Veterans in Society - An Initiative at Virginia Tech




For more information:


The Journal of Veterans Studies

Journal of Veterans Studies LogoThe goals of the journal are:

    • sustain international research in veterans studies
    • facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations
    • narrow gaps between cultures, institutions, experiences, knowledge, and understanding.

We understand veterans studies as a multi-faceted, scholarly investigation of military veterans and their families. Topics within that investigation could include but are not limited to:

    • combat exposure
    • reintegration challenges
    • the complex systems and institutions (VA) that shape the veteran experience.

For more information: journal-veterans-studies.org

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