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Dennis M Kratz
Dean-Arts & Humanities, Professor-Arts & Humanities, School of
Office MailstopMail Box: JO31, Room No.: JO4.510 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-2984    URL Kratz Dennis' Webpage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.Medieval LatinHarvard University1970
 M.A.Classical PhilologyHarvard University1964
 B.A. Dartmouth College1963
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Monsters and Monstrous Visions: The Art of Rudolfus Glaber's Libri Quinque Historiarum, in Journal of Medieval Latin 5 (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2002) pp. 508-519.
Category: Journal of Medieval Latin
Peer reviewed
Homer: lliad, Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English, Olive Classe, ed., Vol. I (Chicago; Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000) pp. 653-656.
Category: Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English
Book chapters
Homer: Odyssey, Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English, Olive Classe, ed., Vol. l (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000) pp. 656-659.
Category: Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English
Book chapters
The Fantastic Tradition to 1811, pp. 45-71, and Teaching Fantasy and Horror Literature, pp. 619-632, in Fantasy and Horror, ed. Neil Barron (Scarecrow Press, 1999).
Category: Fantasy and Horror
Book chapters
Waltharius and Ruodlieb: A New Perspective. in Umanismi Medievali, ed. Claudio Leonardi (Edizioni del Galluzo: Florence, Italy, 1998), pp. 307-314.
Category: Umanismi Medievali
Book chapters
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
11/2002 11/2002 Animated Leaming: On the Marriage of Technology and Education
Swedish Ministry of Education and Science
11/2000 11/2000 Art & the Ands of Education: Preparing for the 21th Century
EDLD Residency Seminar, Texas A&M/Kingsville
11/1995 11/1995 Students in Transition at a University in Transition
First International Conference on Students in Transition (Dallas, TX)
11/1991 11/1991 Centuries of Thinking About Translation
American Literary Translators Association. (Gainesville, FL)
10/1992 10/1992 Love and the Hero: Alexander the Great in Medieval Romance
Panola College (Carthage, TX)
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
1996-PresentDean of the School of Arts & Humanities   University of Texas at Dallas
1994-1997Dean of Undergraduate Studies   University of Texas at Dallas
1985-PresentProfessor of Arts and Humanities   University of Texas at Dallas
1982-1996Co-Director, Center for Translation Studies   University of Texas at Dallas
1978-1985Associate Professor of Arts and Humanities   University of Texas at Dallas
1972-1978Assistant Professor of Classics   Ohio State University
1970-1972Research Consultant   Language Research Foundation, Cambridge, MA
1967-1968Instructor of Latin   Simmons College, Boston, MA
1964-1972Master of Latin and Greek   The Roxbury Latin School, Boston, MA
 News Articles
Dean Kratz to Motivate District’s New Teachers
UT Dallas News Center
It’s common to hear about children having the first day of school jitters, but what about the teachers?  Dr. Dennis Kratz, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at UT Dallas, will offer a boost of exuberance to incoming Richardson Independent School District teachers on August 14 at the 50th annual New Teacher’s Luncheon.
The luncheon is hosted each year by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce to welcome new RISD teachers and to give them a chance to get acquainted with one another and the school system.  This year 500-600 teachers will be in attendance.  The event is scheduled to last from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Renaissance Hotel.
Dr. Kratz’s talk, entitled “The Rose on the Machine” will center on energizing teachers to generate an atmosphere of curiosity in the classroom.  Dr. Kratz said teachers’ invigorating role is often forgotten. “I really want to pump them up.  This truly is a chance to speak positively about the vivifying spirit that we forget is the key to everything,” Kratz said. “Without the teachers, the education lacks vital spirit.”

Dean Honored for Contributions to Local Arts
UT Dallas News Center
Dr. Dennis M. Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, is the 2008 recipient of the Heart For The Arts award.  The honor is given annually to an outstanding community leader who has devoted time and financial resources to further the arts in the greater Richardson area. 
The Richardson Arts Alliance, which sponsors the award, will recognize Kratz at the Heart For The Arts gala dinner scheduled to take place later this fall. 
“On behalf of the Richardson Arts Alliance, we are thrilled to name Dennis Kratz as the recipient of the 2008 Heart For The Arts award,” said Debbie Mulvenna, chair for the gala.  “His tireless efforts on behalf of the arts community and his high standards have served to elevate the quality, the quantity and the visibility of the arts.”
As dean of the School Arts and Humanities, Kratz has nurtured the development and growth of an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines visual arts, music, dance and theater with critical and creative thought. Kratz said he considers it one if his greatest priorities to enhance the role of the arts not only in education but also in the local community.  

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  • Translator-in-Residence, Europaisches Ubersetzer-Collegium (Straelen, Germany); Preparation of literary translation of Apuleius' Metamorphoses, 1993.
  • University of Texas System, Chance11or`s Council Outstanding Teaching Award (UTDa11as), 1992.
  • Research Fellowship, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service: Alexander the Great in Medieval German Literature, 1991.
  • Organized Research Grant, UTDallas: "The Literary Use of the Sciences," 1984-85.
  • Co-director, National Endowment for the Humanities Implementation Grant: "The Art of Translation in an Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Re-creative Dynamics in the Humanities," 1982-1984.
  • Research Fellowship, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, 1981; A New Latin Edition and Literary Translation of Waltharius and Ruodlieb.
  • Co-director, NEH Implementation Grant, 1976-78: "Individualized Instruction in Foreign Languages," The Ohio State University.
  • Summer Fellowship in Greek Palaeography, Dumbarton Oaks, 1974.
  • National Humanities Faculty, 1971-1973.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1970-1971.
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1963-1964.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1963.

  • American Literary Translators Association, 1978-
    • President, 1987-89
    • Vice President, 1985-87.
  • American Philological Association, 1964-
  • Medieval Academy of America, 1970-
  • Science Fiction Research Association, 1978-
  • Medieval Latin Association of North America, 1992-
  • Council of Deans of Arts and Sciences, 1997-
  • Texas Association of Deans of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 1997-

  • Member, Richardson Arts Commission (Richardson, TX), 2000-
  • Member, Plano Art Association (Plano, TX), 2001-
  • Member, International Council of Fine Arts Deans, 2003-
  • Iudge, Executive Women International Scholarship Competition


Research emphasizes the continuation of the classical tradition in medieval and modern literature. He has published four books: Mocking Epic (1980); Waltharius and Ruodlieb (1984); The Romances of Alexander (1991); and, with Dr. Abby Robinson Kratz, Effective Listening Skills (1994). He has published numerous articles and reviews on subjects that include scholarly investigations of epic poetry, the changing concept of heroism, translation theory, Fantasy and Science Fiction. A translator of classical and medieval literature, Dr. Kratz has been co-editor of the journal Translation Review since 1979. He has received two grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (Germany) to pursue his research, and in 1993 was Translator-in-Residence at the European Translators Collegium in Straelen, Germany. From 1987-89, he served as President of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).

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