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Sharon Merritt

Sharon Merritt, Ph.D., was the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program at Fresno Pacific University from 2013 to 2021.  Dr. Merritt’s responsibilities included program development and assessment, faculty recruitment and support, academic and thesis advising, and teaching in the MAT, Single Subject, Multiple Subjects, and Bilingual Authorization programs.  Dr. Merritt also served for more than 20 years as a Lecturer of first year writing at Santa Clara University and other California institutions of higher education, as well as a member of the editorial team for NCTE’s journal, College English from 2001-2007.  Dr. Merritt, bilingual in Spanish and English, has conducted research focusing on language ideologies in dual language and traditional World Language education.  In addition to joining the Board of Californians Together, she served as President of the California Association for Bilingual Teacher Education from 2020-2022 and is currently serving as Past President (2022-2023).