Dr. Joel Shrock serves as Anderson University provost. He earned his BS and MA from Ball State University, and his PhD from Miami University in United States history with fields in cultural, gender, and world history in 1996.
Dr. Shrock published The Gilded Age: American Popular Culture through History with Greenwood Press in 2004 and is working on a manuscript on boyhood, youth fiction, and violence at the turn of the 20th century. He has published various articles on topics that include rape in silent film, the Vietnam Antiwar Movement, and most recently an article on print culture and crossover reading in the late 19th century.
Dr. Shrock maintains a presence outside of the university. He has served on two Teaching American History Grant Projects, was on the consulting committee for the What Middletown Read Project, and has served as a council member, membership secretary, and past president of the Indiana Association of Historians. In 2009 Shrock studied Middle Eastern culture and politics as a Malone Fellow in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. In 2011 he won the Distinguished Scholar Award from Anderson University for his research in the What Middletown Read Project. In 2014, Dr. Shrock won a fellowship for the Council of Independent Colleges Seminar, The Creation of the Modern American City: Chicago from 1830 to 1910, at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
Dr. Shrock has served at Anderson University since 2005.