Terrence Wandtke | Communication Arts Department | Judson University Christian College
Terry Wandtke

Terrence Wandtke Profile

Contact Information

Name:Terrence Wandtke
Department:Film and Digital Media, Dept. Chair
Phone Number:847-628-1066
Office Location:Lindner Tower 316


Ph.D., 2002, Saint Louis University
M.A., 1995, Truman State University
B.A., 1994, Northeast Missouri State University


As a professor, Terrence Wandtke's teaching is all about making connections, exploring both old media and new. As a scholar, he works to reveal truths about our culture and our God seen in media ranging from classic movies to contemporary comic books. And as chair of the department of Film and Digital Media, he invites students to use emerging technology in innovative ways to shape the world for the better.

Growing up in Milwaukee and earning his Ph.D. at Saint Louis University, Terrence Wandtke has lived most of his life in the Midwest. With movies and books his lifelong passions, he spent his time as a graduate student exploring the connections between film and contemporary literature. Terrence Wandtke was called to Judson in 2002 and teaches classes in film, literature, and popular culture. In recent years, he has been researching and writing about heroic narratives in literature, film, and other popular mediums (especially comic books).

Expertise / Involvements

Director of the Imago Film Festival
Chair of the Comics and Comic Art area for the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference


The Dark Night Returns: The Resurgence of Crime Comics. Forthcoming from RIT Graphics Press in 2014.
The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books. Jefferson: McFarland, 2012.

Ed Brubaker: Conversations. Forthcoming from University Press of Mississippi in 2015.
The Amazing Transforming Superhero: Essays on the Revision of Characters in Comic Books, Film, and Television. Jefferson: McFarland, 2007.

“A History of Christina Film Festivals: Film Festival as Evangelical Experience.” Evangelical Christians and Popular Culture: Pop Goes the Gospel, Vol, 3. Ed. Robert Woods. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2012.
“Saints, Artists, and Christian Political Activism: Scrutinizing the Assault on Controversial Art.” Prism 9 (2002).
“The Vampire and the Dream of Virtual Reality: Highlander the Series as Cultural Conflict.” Popular Culture Review 9 (1998).

Professional Societies or Affiliations

Modern Language Association
Popular Culture Association

Recommended Links

Encyclopedia Mythica: http://www.pantheon.org/
Grand Comics Database: http://www.comics.org/
Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/

Judson University, Shaping Lives that Shape the World