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Charlene Merritt

Charlene Merritt

Assistant Professor

College of Health and Human Sciences

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2170
Office: 113 Belk Building


Prior to coming to WCU, Prof. Merritt taught criminal justice and research methods coursework at Michigan State University and Georgia State University and Introduction to Computers at Cleveland County Community College. She was a police officer in Iowa City, Iowa for two years, a program analyst and grant manager at the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services for eight years, and a consultant for North Carolina Partnership for Children for three years, where she evaluated grant programs. She has been the program director for the Emergency and Disaster Management program at WCU since 2004 and teaches in both the distance education and residential programs.


  • MS, Michigan State University
  • BA, Michigan State University

Teaching Interests

Emergency Management, Social Dimensions of Disaster, Research Methods

Research Interests

SOTL, Use of Technology in Teaching

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