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Jennifer Merritt

Director of Community-based Learning

Jennifer Merritt, M.B.A., Ph.D., serves as the Director of Community-based Learning in the Ignatian Center. She is primarily responsible for overseeing the execution of the Arrupe Weekly Engagement Program as well as Thriving Neighbors, Santa Clara University Community Partnerships.

She earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt University, her M.B.A. from Northwestern University's J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and her Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from U.Va., has worked in industry management with Johnson & Johnson and served on the faculty at John Carroll University in the Department of Education and Allied Studies, where she founded the campus-based middle school and high school positive youth development program known as the Carroll-Cleveland Philosophers’ Program.

Most recently, Jen served as the Faculty Director of Mentoring and Diversity at the University of Virginia Women’s Center, where she taught “Women Peace and Justice,” “Teaching Philosophy in High Schools,” and “Facilitating Mentoring Relationships” while directing international education and research initiatives with the Women's Center’s global partners in India and Africa and developing outreach programming for adolescent girls and women locally and globally.

Recent Publications:
‘Everyone Has Humanity in Them’: Multidimensional Teaching and Learning Through Philosophy-based Discussion
Immigration Dialogue: The Immigrant in Our Midst

Recent presentations on research findings include:
American Educational Studies Association conference presentation 2012, Everyone Has Humanity in Them’: Multidimensional Teaching and Learning Through Philosophy-based Discussion
International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement Connected Knowing Conference 2012 poster presentation, The Philosophers' Club: Using Philosophy Discussion to Reverse the Cycle of Delinquency
United Nations Education Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference and Proceedings - Philosophy; A School of Freedom 2006, The Carroll-Cleveland Philosophers' Program (Two Phase Implementation and Evaluation) Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain 2006 conference, Carroll-Cleveland Philosophers’ Program design, curriculum development, and program implementation.
American Philosophical Association Conference 2006, Presentation on Carroll-Cleveland Philosophers’ Program design and implementation.