Winston School of Education and Social Policy



June 30, 2021
Associate Professor Anne Gatling invites local physical education (PE) teachers to present to her health science education classes every spring at Merrimack. The brief course presentations have become a campus favorite and offer Merrimack students the chance to hear from people in the field and develop their network.
June 14, 2021
Merrimack receives a $20,000 Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant comes from the Presidential Civic and Community Engagement Initiative in collaboration with the Writer’s House and eight community partners in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
April 8, 2021
Tevin Monroe, a graduate student in Merrimack’s Master of Education in Community Engagement program, received the Newman Civic Fellowship. Monroe will join the national cohort of student fellows for the 2021-2022 academic year as he works to complete his degree entirely online.

Notable & Quotable

Associate Dean Russell Olwell’s letter to the editor was published in the Jan. 2. 2021 edition of the Eagle-Tribune. Olwell talked about Merrimack students’ community service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Russell Olwell associate dean and professor in the School of Education and Social Policy interviewed with about what aspiring graduates can do to start off their careers in an uncertain economic climate. He offered tips on what skills young graduates need when they enter the workforce and how technology will impact the field of education over the next five years.

Brittnie Aiello co-authored “’Grandma is the next best thing to mommy:’ Incarcerated motherhood, caring relationships, and maternal identity” in the International Journal of Care and Caring. Features incarcerated mothers’ separation from their children and conflicted feelings toward caregivers.

The Winston School of Education and Social Policy’sDr. Elaine Ward was recently invited to speak (virtually) to a coalition of universities in Australia on her experiences as one of the co-PIs leading an international pilot of the U.S. Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in Ireland. Twelve Irish universities participated in the project and Dr. Ward presented on the challenges and benefits of using a U.S.-centric framework to assess civic and community engagement in another country.


Student looking at her laptop