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News and Events


  • Susan Marine, associate professor and program director of higher education graduate programs, was presented with a 2017 Women’s Leadership Award by Harvard University for her work on behalf of sexual-assault prevention.
  • Merrimack College’s new online Master of Education (M. Ed.) degree has exceeded expectations by providing working professionals with a groundbreaking program that is aligned with employers’ needs and Massachusetts teaching standards. This innovative teacher preparation program offers a next-generation online learning experience designed to help teachers master skills that are most valued by school employers. The program launched with its first cohort of students in January 2016.
  • Forbes Magazine recently published an op-ed piece written by Merrimack College professor Dan Butin, the founding dean of the School of Education & Social Policy. Butin’s op-ed discusses the improving model of digital learning, specifically massive open online courses (MOOCs). The development of MOOCs opens educational opportunities to many would-be students at more affordable prices but the quality of education was suspect until recently when MIT made a break-through innovation.
  • Merrimack student volunteers and young children from the Young Athletes Program by Special Olympics came together for their last program on Saturday, April 9 at 9:45 a.m. in Hammel Court. Merrimack College Police Chief Michael DelGreco participated by handing out awards to the children.

Notable & Quotable

  • Dan Sarofian-ButinDan Sarofian-Butin, professor of education, was quoted in a July 6, 2017, BBC story about celebrities who take executive education courses at Harvard Business School. “These type of courses allow students to say they went to Harvard, were taught by a famous professor and interacted with other cool students,” he said. Sarofian-Butin added that while most celebrities may know more about their industries than their professor, they can still benefit from the program. “This is what a good teacher can bring to the table: the ability to point things out that are obvious, but only once you are able to see the bigger picture,” he said.

  • Karen HaydenKaren Hayden has been promoted from associate to full professor in the department of criminology, which she also chairs. Hayden joined the Merrimack faculty in 1997 and earned tenure in 2001. Her areas of interest include girls, women and crime; rural crime; society and law; and cultural criminology. She is working on two books, one on society and law, and the other on images of rural people and rural crime in popular culture. Hayden holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from the University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. in sociology from Northeastern University.

  • Thomas Nolan, associate professor and program director of the criminology and criminal justice graduate program, was quoted in a June 21, 2017, Boston Globe story about Boston police officers who last year earned up to four times their base salary due to a provision in their union contract that mandates a minimum of four hours’ pay when they work details or testify in court. Nolan said the generous contract provision demonstrates the union’s ability, over the years, to demand and win favorable terms in contract negotiations. “Boston police have historically earned some of the highest salaries in the country,” he said. “There has been a history of the police obtaining (contracts) and being very successful at the bargaining table.”

  • krista mcqueeneyKrista McQueeney, associate professor of education, was quoted in a May 3, 2017, Eagle-Tribune story about parents’ and educators’ concerns arising from the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” which features the graphic depiction of a teenager’s suicide. Though she is uneasy about such scenes being viewed by teens, McQueeney said they can have a positive impact if discussed openly. “What I find effective is when school systems give parents and guardians talking points to initiate conversations with young people about these difficult issues,” she said. “This can be especially helpful for parents who didn’t grow up in today’s digital society and/or may be uncomfortable navigating conversations about sensitive topics.”


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