Winston School of Education and Social Policy



February 1, 2023
Photo of the entrance to the Winston School of Education and Social Policy offices.
Merrimack College’s online graduate education program placed No. 97 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 rankings for “Best Online Master’s in Education,” jumping nearly 100 spots from No. 182 on the 2022 rankings.

Notable & Quotable

Jonathan P. Kessler, LICSW, who is completing his first year as an assistant professor of practice in the department of social work, presented a lecture at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) in Riga, Latvia in March titled “The Triple Threat: Brain Development-Attachment, Trauma, and Addiction“. Kessler’s presentation was attended by about 45 current RSU social work students, the dean of the Rīga Stradiņš University School of Social Work as well as administration and faculty members.

Researchers Dr. Ruth E. McKenzie, assistant professor of human development and human services and Dr. Katelyn Kurkul, associate professor of human development and human services, are advancing their research project titled “STEM Centered Intergenerational Literacy and Learning Program (SCILL),” which focuses on developing an intergenerational intervention between those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in children under five years old and older adults.

Christine Shaw, Ph.D., professor of practice in graduate education, assisted the Linwood Ambulance in North Woodstock, NH, to obtain a SAMSA grant that will allow for more training and professional development opportunities for first responders. This project will create 20 new EMTs and educate an additional 230 EMTs on topics including mental health, opioid addiction, and substance abuse. This will also provide education to recertify all EMTs that take the education.

Kathryn Welby, Ed.D., associate professor of practice in the Winston School of Education and Social Policy. On June 15, Dr. Welby published Teaching Neurodiverse Students in Inside Higher Ed. The article provides detailed suggestions for how to provide accommodations while continuing to maintain high standards.