Russ Merritt

Russ Merritt

Work History

Work History

History Teacher

South Carolina Virtual Charter School

I teach World History and United States History to high school students who live all over South Carolina, using a vibrant online curriculum plan which includes real-time communication tools.

Jul 2009 - Present

Adjunct Professor of Education and History

Southern Wesleyan University

For two years, I also served as Regional Director, supervising all activities and employees at SWU's North Augusta campus.  In addition, I was responsible for enrolling and retaining appropriate numbers of qualified students to the university's graduate and adult undergraduate programs.  While serving in that role, I also taught courses, which I continue to do, even though I no longer serve as Regional Director.

Aug 2007 - Jun 2009

History Teacher

North Augusta High School

At NAHS, I taught U.S. Government and World History.  I also volunteered on the coaching staff of the varsity swimming program.

Jul 2000 - Jun 2007

College Counselor, Teacher, Dean of Students

Westminster Schools of Augusta

For seven years I served as College Counselor to the seniors of WSA.  With typical graduating classes of 40 students, I was the sole counselor to students and families regarding financial aid, college acceptance issues, testing, and the like.  I also coached swimming and taught AP European History, U.S. Government, and Economics.  Later, I served as Dean of Students as well. 

Aug 1994 - Jun 2000

History Teacher

Hammond School

At Hammond, I taught World History and AP European History.  I also coached Cross Country and Swimming.


Aug 2002 - Dec 2005

Doctor of Education

University of South Carolina

A this theoretical curriculum studies program, I studied the great arc of philosophical practice, focusing primarily on twentieth century theorists of the post-Tyler era.  My dissertation was about Furman University (my alma mater) and its struggles to identify with a religious tradition while simultaneously wishing to become a nationally known college of arts and science.

Jan 1993 - Dec 1995

Master of Arts

University of South Carolina

My primary field was United States History from 1877 to the present, and my secondary field was United States History from 1789 to 1876.  My thesis was on the election of 1962 in South Carolina, which was an important early indicator of the rise of the Republican party in the state.

Sep 1989 - Dec 1992

Bachelor of Arts

Furman University

In addition to my history degree, I also earned a South Carolina teaching credential, which is still current.


"The Senatorial Election of 1962 and the Rise of Two Party Politics in South Carolina." South Carolina Historical Magazine 98:3 (July 1997): 281-301.

"The Success of Greenville County, South Carolina, in Avoiding Public School Resegregation, 1970-1990." Equity and Excellence in Education 28:3 (December 1995):  51-57.

“Gift of Failure Helps Kids Succeed,” Augusta Chronicle (August 31, 2002): 5A.