Dan Merson

Executive Associate & Senior Research Associate

Dr. Dan Merson studies college student success, college environments, and STEM education.  He most recently served in a fixed term capacity as an assistant professor of Higher Education and a research associate with the Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education at The Pennsylvania State University.  He currently consults on campus climate assessment with Rankin & Associates Consulting, and provides professional methodological consulting and support to researchers and graduate students.  He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Penn State, following degrees from The University of Michigan and Kansas State University, as well as several years of professional experience in student services and academic affairs.

Publications

Oseguera, L., Merson, D., Harrison, K., & Rankin, S. (in press). Beyond the Black/White binary: A multi-institutional study of campus climate and the academic success of college athletes of different racial backgrounds. Sociology of Sport Journal. doi: 10.1123/ssj.2016-0175

Zappe, S. E., Hochstedt, K. S., Merson, D., Schrott, L., & Litzinger, T. A. (2016). Development and implementation of quantitative methods to study instructional practices in engineering programs. International Journal of Engineering Education, 32(5), 1942-1959.

Rankin, S., Merson, D., Garvey, J. C., Sorgen, C., Menon, I., Loya, K., & Oseguera, L. (2016). The influence of climate on the academic and athletic success of student-athletes: Results from a multi-institutional national study. Journal of Higher Education, 87(5), 701-730. doi: 10.1353/jhe.2016.0027

Ro, H. K., Merson, D., Lattuca, L. R., & Terenzini, P. T. (2015). Validity of the Contextual Competence Scale for Engineering Students. Journal of Engineering Education, 104(1), 35-54.

Ortagus, J., & Merson, D. (2015). Leveling the Playing Field: Faculty Influence on the Academic Success of Low-Income, First-Generation Student-Athletes. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education. 9(1), 26-49.

Merson, D., Schrott, L., Zappe, S., Hochstedt, K., & Litzinger, T. (2015, April). Institutional Policies that Encourage Faculty Adoption of Effective Evidence-Based Instructional Practices. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Merson, D., Garvey, J., & Rankin, S. (2015, November). The Development of Measures of Staff- and Faculty-Specific Workplace Climate. Paper presented at the ASHE Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Merson, D., Schrott, L., Zappe, S., Hochstedt, K., & Litzinger, T. (2015, April). Institutional Policies that Encourage Faculty Adoption of Effective Evidence-Based Instructional Practices. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Merson, D., Schrott, L., Zappe, S., Hochstedt, K., & Litzinger, T. (2015, April). Reconciling Faculty Members’ and Academic Administrators’ Differing Perceptions of Institutional Support to Promote Instructional Change. Paper presented at AERA, Chicago, IL.

Zappe, S., Merson, D., Hochstedt, K., Schrott, L., & Litzinger, T. (2014, October). A Self-Assessment of the Use of Evidence-Based Instructional Practices in Engineering. Work-in-progress paper published in proceedings of the 2014 Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Madrid, Spain.

Merson, D., McIntosh, K., & Rankin, S. (2014, May). Measuring Students' Perceptions of Campus Climate by Academic Major. Paper presented at the 2014 Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum, Orlando, FL.

Rankin, S., & Merson, D. (2013, March 5). LGB & T Student-Athlete Convention Institute. Invited three-session institute presented at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Merson, D., & Rankin, S. (2013, April). The Influence of LGBTQ Student-Athletes' Collegiate Experiences on their Academic and Athletic Success. Paper presented at AERA, San Francisco, CA.

Ortagus, J., & Merson, D. (2013, April). Faculty Influence on the Academic Success of Low-Income, First-Generation Student-Athletes. Paper presented at AERA, San Francisco, CA.

Rankin, S., Merson, D., Sorgen, C. H., Menon, I., Loya, K., & Oseguera, L. (2013, April). The Influence of Climate on the Academic and Athletic Success of Student-Athletes: Results from a Multi-Institutional National Study. Paper presented at AERA, San Francisco, CA.

Ro, H. K., Lattuca, L., Merson, D., & Terenzini, P. T. (2012, June). Measuring Engineering Students’ Contextual Competence. Proceedings of the 2012 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, TX.

Rankin, S., & Merson, D. (2012, November 22). Student-Athlete Climate Study (SACS) pre-conference seminar & proposal workshop. Invited pre-conference seminar at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Rankin, S., & Merson, D. (2012). Campus Pride 2012 LGBTQ College Athlete National Report. Charlotte, NC: Campus Pride.

Rankin, S., Merson, D., Sorgen, C. H., McHale, I., Loya, K., & Oseguera, L. (2011). Student-Athlete Climate Study (SACS) Final Report. Indianapolis, IN: National Collegiate Athletic Association and The Pennsylvania State University.

Rankin, S. R., & Merson, D. (2011). Department of Education Policy Studies Climate Assessment Project Final Report. Unpublished Report. The Pennsylvania State University. University Park, PA.

Palmer, B., Terenzini, P., McKenna, A., Harper, B., & Merson, D. (2011, June). Design in Context: Where do the Engineers of 2020 Learn This Skill? ASEE proceedings, Vancouver, BC. [Best Conference Paper, Best Professional Interest Council (II) Paper, and Best Design in Engineering Education Division Paper]

Merson, D., Sorgen, C. H., & Rankin, S. R. (2011, November 18) The Development of Measures of Student-Athlete Identity and Athletic Success for a Multi-Institution National Study. Paper presented at ASHE, Charlotte, NC.

Garcia, G., Merson, D., Musial, J., Turner, C., Weltzer, L., & Woo, H.-J. (2011, April 8). Failure to Persist at Career Entry: Leak at the End of the STEM Educational Pipeline. Paper presented at AERA, New Orleans, LA.

Junco, R., Merson, D., & Salter, D. W. (2010). The Effect of Gender, Ethnicity, and Income on College Students’ Use of Communication Technologies. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 13(6), 619-627.

Merson, D., & Rankin, S. R. (2010, November 19). An Outcomes-Based Model of Student-Athlete Success Developed for a Multi-Institution National Study. Paper presented at ASHE, Indianapolis, IN.

Merson, D. (2009, November 7). A Critical Review of How Higher Education Researchers Incorporate a Sociocultural Perspective into their Study of College Student Learning and Development. Paper presented at ASHE, Vancouver, BC.

Merson, D., & Meadows, L. (2009, November 6). Understanding Transfer Student Transitions: Paving the Path from Community College to an Engineering Degree. Poster presented at ASHE, Vancouver, BC.

Rankin, S. R., Chang, S., Domagal-Goldman, J., McHale, I., Merson, D., & Sorgen, C. (2009, March 31). Student-Athlete Identity: Experiences of and Perceptions Toward Intercollegiate Athletes. Paper presented at ACPA, Washington, D.C.

Merson, D., Badke, L. K., & Burkhardt, J. C. (2008). Reframing the National Conversation: Immigration and Higher Education. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan.

Thirolf, K., Merson, D., & Burkhardt, J. (2008). Tapping into the Talent in Southeast Michigan: A Demographic Analysis of Young Adults in the Region and a Literature Review on Adult Learners. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan.

Merson, D. (2008, November 8). How Does Religiosity Differ for Students Who Attend Catholic versus Non-Catholic Four-Year Colleges? Paper presented at ASHE, Jacksonville, FL.