Dean’s Office

A Message from the Dean

William Merriman

Welcome to the School of Education and Health! Here at Manhattan College, we bring together a professional, caring faculty, the myriad resources of the tri-state New York area, alumni/ae in schools and health care institutions throughout the tri-state area, and a strong reputation of producing professionals that make a difference in the lives of those they serve. All academic programs are approved by the New York State Education Department and the teacher education program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Programs in the health professions lead to professional licensure.

The School of Education and Health works closely with the Schools of Arts and Sciences to develop a curriculum that provides a well-rounded education for 21st century professionals. The faculty and staff of the school work with students to provide them with educational and clinical fieldwork and internships to meet state and professional requirements. We also help students to navigate the maze of certification and licensure requirements.

Throughout your years at Manhattan, you will have many opportunities to meet practitioners in your field of study, many of them alumni/ae. These experiences will aid you in your career path and help your determine which specialization to chose — a grade level or subject for teachers or a specialty for health-care providers.

Please feel free to contact me or my staff with any questions. Whether you are thinking about becoming a student at Manhattan College or are already here on campus, we are here to help. In the words of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, our goal is to “touch the hearts of our students.”

—William Merriman, Ph.D.

About the Dean

William J. Merriman, Ph.D. has been dean of the School of Education and Health since 1997. He first joined the faculty of Manhattan College in 1987 as an assistant professor in the department of physical education and human performance, and subsequently was promoted to associate and then full professor. Prior to joining the Manhattan College faculty, he served as a full-time faculty member at: SUNY – New Paltz, St. Francis College, Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota. He is the author of over 30 articles in professional journals and co-author of three books. He has received numerous professional awards and has made many professional presentations in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He is a graduate of Manhattan College, The Pennsylvania State University and New York University.

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