Assistant Professor, Education Program
Phone: 814-871-7621
Office: PC 2015H
merritt005@gannon.edu

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Scholarship/Research
  • Service

Biography

Dr. Merritt has currently completed her Ph.D. and teaches many of the special education and early childhood courses at Gannon.  She is the advisor to Gannon's student group GUSEC and an active board member of The ARC of Erie County.  Her and the student's of GUSEC frequently participate in activities in the community that provide opportunities for those with disabilities.

Courses Taught

• SPED 101 Special Education Overview
• SPED  242 Collaboration and partnerships
• SPED 245 Meeting the Needs of Students with Exceptionalities
• SPED 250 Strategies for Accommodation and Modifications
• SPED 308 High Incidence Disabilities
• SPED 320 Literacy for Students with Exceptionalities
• SPED 343 Program Planning and Assessment in Special Education
• ECED 100 Early Childhood Overview
• ECED 300 Integrated Curriculum: Prek-4
 

Scholarship/Research

Dr. Merritt's most current research examines if  use of alternative seating may provide students with an opportunity to move just enough therefore assisting children in learning more effectively.  Her most recent study examined the relationship between an alternative seating device and children’s scores on the Get it, Got it, Go Assessment (Ohio Department of Education, 2008).  She hypothesized that there would be a significant difference in the intervention groups’ Get it, Got it, Go Assessment  scores compared to the non-intervention groups scores at the end of six weeks.    Her research may potentially add to the current literature on sensory integration and learning. 

Service

Below are some of the activities Dr. Merritt frequently participates in:
• Gannon University’s Mid-Knight Pancake Breakfast
• Gannon University Open House
• Gannon University Education Day
• Gannon University Social Work Dinner
• Member, Barber National Institute Advisory Board
• Member, The Arc of Erie Count
• Advisor, Gannon University Society for Exceptional Children