Retirement of Sharon Merritt, Ph.D.

We are most saddened to announce the retirement of our dear colleague Sharon Merritt, Ph.D., at the end of this academic year. Sharon has been a valued contributor to both the School of Education and the larger FPU community. 

Sharon began with FPU in the fall of 2013 after 19 years at Santa Clara University and upon completing her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Under Sharon's leadership of the Master of Arts in Teaching, the program has grown in both enrollment and stature as she has guided numerous students in becoming outstanding research-practitioners. The theses her students produce are extraordinarily well-crafted, and the lessons learned from their efforts will help them throughout their careers as they take a researcher’s approach to the problems of practice.

In Sharon's retirement letter, she wrote: 

I  feel gratitude for the opportunity I have had at FPU to enter into a professional space so different from the earlier career I had had in higher education, for the grace and patience that have been extended to me in that space as I have learned my job and the field of teacher preparation, and in particular for the many faculty who have become friends and colleagues and the many students with whom I have crossed paths, and whom I have helped along the way of their professional and academic preparation.

Sharon will continue with the university as an adjunct professor as well as serve as President of CABTE (California Association for Bilingual Education). She writes that she will also enjoy as much time as possible with her husband, Charles Merritt, her daughter and her dog in their new home on the Monterey Peninsula!

The entire School of Education thanks Sharon for her outstanding contribution and wishes her well in the next phase of her personal and professional life!