Dr. Amy Getty

Title: Professor of English
Dept.: English
Office: Jensen Hall 108

Amy Getty was born in Bettendorf, IA and grew up in the Quad Cities area. She traveled to Flagstaff, AZ for her MA, lived in Phoenix for a while, and then returned to the Midwest via Milwaukee, WI to pursue her PhD at Marquette University. Along the way she has lived in Mission, SD, teaching high school on the Rosebud and in Bay City, OR, teaching various classes at Tillamook Bay Community College. 

Education Background

  • Ph.D. - American Literature, Marquette University (2000)
  • M.A. - English, Northern Arizona University (1991)
  • B.A. - English / Secondary Education, Marycrest College (1989)

Start Date at Grand View

  • August 2002

Areas of Expertise

  • American Literature
  • Women's Literature
  • Women's Studies
  • Autobiography


  • Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society (2006-present)
  • Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, Grand View College (April 2005)
  • Faculty Recognition Award, Grand View College (April 2005)
  • Teacher of the Year, Tillamook Bay Community College (2000-2001)
  • Kappa Gamma Pi Honor Society (1989-present) 

Publications & Reviews

  • "Choose Your Own Adventure: The Quest for Student Agency in an American Literature Class," Currents in Teaching and Learning, May 2018, Vol. 10, No. 1, pgs. 32-38. https://www.worcester.edu/currents/
  • "Letting the Students Lead," from The Teaching Professor, February 2013, reprinted in Active Learning: A Practical Guide for College Faculty, Magna Publications, Madison, WI, 2017. 34-35. 


  • Start Smart Funding granted, co-authored request with Jill Sudak-Allison, The Principal Financial Group Professional Development Fund, Des Moines, Iowa, April 2016. [$1,000]

Personal Interests

  • Cats
  • Reading
  • Graphic novels
  • History
  • Literature
  • Good movies and television

Questions & Answers

What makes Grand View unique among other universities?
Grand View is unique because of the dedication of its faculty and staff to do everything possible to help students have a positive and fulfilling educational experience.
What is your favorite part about working at Grand View?
I like the interactions I have daily with students and my colleagues in the English Department. We are a close-knit community and genuinely care about each other. 

Student Testimonials

  • "Dr. Getty encouraged any ideas I gave out. Supporting and empathizing with students' situations are the first things she does with students." - Duy Ly
Dr. Amy Getty