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Kelly Carter Merrill

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Studies

  • Profile

    Merrill has a PhD in higher education administration from Loyola University Chicago, and has been a faculty member for 17 years in education or communication departments at Randolph-Macon College, University of Hawaii, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, and Penn State. She studies and teaches social entrepreneurship education, student affairs administration, college student development, intercultural communication, leadership, and facilitation. Merrill is a consultant and professional facilitator of difficult conversations about self-discovery, diversity, inclusion, and leadership. 

    • Memberships

      American Educational Research Association (AERA)


      Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)


      American College Personnel Association (ACPA)


      National Association of College Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

    • Professional Experience

      Professional Facilitator (2004-Present)

      Facilitate difficult conversations about leadership, diversity, and inclusion. Clients include Medill School of Journalism, Nortwestern University; Graduate Management Admissions Council; Kapi’olani Community College; Academic Advising Center, University of Chicago; Human Resources at Hewitt Associates.


      Assistant Professor (2013-2017)

      Communication Studies, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Va.

  • Selected Publications
    Journal Articles

    Merrill, K. C., Braskamp, D. C., & Braskamp, L. A. (2012). Assessing individuals’ global perspectives. Journal of College Student Development, 52(2).

    Merrill, K. C. (2011). A longitudinal mixed-method study of high-growth undergraduate students’ descriptions of their intercultural sensitivity development. Journal of Multiculturalism in Education, 7(3).

    Braskamp, L. A., Braskamp, D. C., & Merrill, K. C. (2009). Assessing progress in global learning and development of students with education abroad experiences. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 18, 101-118.

    Book Chapters
    Merrill, K. C. (2013). The evolution of a social justice educator’s professional identity: Impact of professional maturation and multiple discourse perspectives on personal practice. In L. M. Landreman (Ed.), The art of effective facilitation: Reflections from social justice educators. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.