Sharon Merritt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Education
Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program - Main Campus
BAH 119
559-453-5543

Education

Ph.D., Education, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
M.A., English Literature, San Francisco State University, 1988
B.A., Inter-American Studies, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, 1976

Professional and Service Experience

Teaching Experience:

  • Lecturer, English Department, Santa Clara University, 1994-present
  • Associate Faculty, Reading Department, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA, 1993-1996
  • Teacher, English as a Foreign Language, Serinmo Academy, Madrid, Spain, 1988-1989
  • Lecturer, English Composition and Reading, San Francisco State University, 1986-1988

Service:

  • Faculty Associate in Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation, Santa Clara University, 2012-2014
  • New Faculty Program Coordinator, Santa Clara University, 2012-2013
  • Development of Critical Thinking and Writing curriculum, University Core Curriculum, Santa Clara University, 2009-2013
  • Faculty Evaluation Committee, Santa Clara University, 2010-2013
  • Executive Committee, Santa Clara University, 2009-2012
  • Program Review Committee on Assessment, Santa Clara University, 2011-2012
  • Faculty in LEAD FYC classes, Santa Clara University, 2004-2012
  • English Department Library Liaison, Santa Clara University, 2008-2011
  • Chair of Faculty Reading Group on Multiliteracies and New Media, Santa Clara University, 2008
  • Founder of English Department Graduate Student Association, San Francisco State University, 1986
  • Junior English Proficiency Essay Test Committee, 1987-1988

Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Association of University Professors
  • Modern Language Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • College Composition and Communication

Publications and Presentations

Publications:

  • "Digital Storytelling: Time, Identity and Morality in Multimedia Personal Narratives of College Writing Students," International Learning Journal, 13:8 (2006) 21-36.

Presentations:

  • "Using Biographies in the Freshman Writing Class," with Jill Goodman-Gould and Gail Gradowski, National Council of Teachers of English Conference, "Stories in the Classroom: Narration is Knowledge," Tucson, AZ,  1999
  • "Citizens of Cosmopolis: Biographies in the Freshman Writing Class," with Jill Goodman-Gould and Gail Gradowski, Northern California Writing Centers Conference, Sonoma, CA, 2001
  • "Digital Storytelling in the Composition Classroom," Northern California Writing Centers Conference, Hayward, CA, 2002
  • "Life Models: Using Biographies in the Freshman Writing Class," with Jill Goodman-Gould and Gail Gradowski, "Expanded Conversations: Collaborating for Student Learning," LOEX of the West University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2002
  • "Digital Storytelling in the Composition Classroom," iCUE Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, 2003 and Woodside, CA, 2006
  • "Re-Writing English B: New Approaches to Genre, Research, and Rhetoric," with Jill Goodman-Gould, Susan Frisbie and Gail Gradowski, CCCC, New York, NY, 2003
  • "El Trabajo y la Fe: One Mexican-American Family's Story of Education in the U.S.," with Monica Yoo and Megan McCoy, National Council of Teachers of English Assembly on Research, Columbus, OH, 2005 
  • "Digital Storytelling: Time, Identity and Morality  in Multimedia Personal Narratives of College Writing Students," 13th International Learning Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 2006
  • "Multiliterate Approaches to Research Writing in the FYC Classroom," with Jill Goodman-Gould and Gail Gradowski, Georgia Information Literacy Conference, Savanna, GA, 2006
  • "Teaching (about) Texts: Reading Globally, Thinking Locally," California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2009
  • "Crossing Language (Policy) Boundaries: Development of Bilingual First Year Writing Courses," University Literacies Conference, Lille, France, 2010
  • "Crossing Language (Policy) Boundaries: Development of Bilingual First Year Writing Courses," at CCCC, Atlanta, GA, 2011