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Faculty Profiles


Bill Merrifield, Ed.D.

Guest Instructor of TESOL

On Faculty since 2022

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
George Fox University

M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies
The American University of Beirut

M.A. in Religion
Trinity International University

B.A. in Theology
Wheaton College.


Dr. Bill Merrifield served cross-culturally in Beirut, Lebanon for 17 years. He holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from George Fox University, an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut, an MA in Religion from Trinity International University, and a BA in Theology from Wheaton College. His experience includes roles in educational leadership and teaching in higher education, secondary education, and theological education.  Dr. Merrifield’s research interests focus on the development of contextual critical thinking, contextual special education, and refugee education. His dissertation examined the impact of socio-contextual, cultural, and linguistic variables in the critical thinking processes of multilingual students. His post-doc examined refugee education and employment in contexts of protracted displacement. Dr. Merrifield currently lives in Wheaton, Illinois and works the Director of Education with IDEAS.