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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
January 28, 2018

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Curriculum Vitae

S. David Merson

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Bethlehem, PA 18017



Bachelor of Science: (1974) Michigan State University

Master of Arts: (1976) Michigan State University

Department of Sociology

Medical Sociology (major)

Complex Organizations (major)

Labor Industrial Relations (minor)

ABD Michigan State University

Department of Sociology

Concentrations: Sociology of Medicine; Complex Organizations

Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

Concentration: International Peace and Conflict

Dissertation Title: Evolved Behavioral Predispositions and Mediator Bias


2015 to present Adjunct Professor of Sociology

Delaware Valley University

2015 to present Adjunct Professor of Sociology

Delaware County Community College

2010 to 2012: Adjunct Professor of Sociology

Lehigh University

Courses Taught

Wealth and Poverty Development of Social Theory

Sociology of Terrorism Contemporary Social Theory

2007 to 2012: Adjunct Professor of Sociology

Nova Southeastern University

Courses Taught Online

Introduction to Sociology

Social Problems

2002 to 2006 Professor of Sociology:

2008 to 2012 East Stroudsburg University;

East Stroudsburg, PA

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology Criminology

Social Problems Sociology of War and Terrorism

Complex Organizations Medical Sociology: Medical Ethics

Sociology of the Media Arts Senior Seminars (Conflict Theory)

Political Sociology American Community

Juvenile Delinquency Sociological Theory

Introduction to Criminal Justice Ethics in Criminal Justice

2010 to 2013 Adjunct Professor of Sociology

Northampton Community College

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology Cultural Anthropology


2006 to 2008 Adjunct Professor of Sociology

Florida Gulf-Coast University, Fort Meyers, Florida

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology Social Problems

Earlier Teaching Appointments:

Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ (2002-2006)

Taught: Organizational Development; the Sociological Imagination; War and Terrorism

Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ (2002-2006)

Taught: War and Terrorism; Introduction to Sociology

Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville, NJ (2004-2007)

Taught: Marriage and Family, Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems

Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA (2005-2006) (2011 to 2012)

Taught: Introduction to Sociology; Cultural Anthropology

Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA (2003-2005)

Taught: Criminology and Terrorism

Harford Community College, Belair, MD (1995-1998)

Penn State University, York, PA (1997-1998)

Academic Administrative Positions

2012 to 2014 Vice President for Academic Affairs

Helene Fuld College of Nursing

New York, NY

Responsible for faculty development, student development, curriculum planning and development, outcome measure development, monitoring and assembling of required accreditation materials, establishing a recurring library evaluation system to assure compliance and student needs, academic affairs, maintenance of department budgets, student discipline.

2006 to 2008 Academic Provost

East West College of Natural Medicine

Sarasota, Florida

Responsible for the development and implementation of all academic programs. Established college evaluation system in preparation for southern states accreditation committees. Prepared college for accreditation with State, Professional and Federal commissions. Restructured technical learning environments. Interviewed and hired key faculty and staff. Evaluated and maintained professional standards in college medical clinic. Maintained college budget for academic programs. Advised campus president on operations, academic and curriculum development and financial affairs. Structured and implemented faculty evaluation system.

Non-Academic Administrative Positions

2010 to 2012 Chief Operating Officer

Intelligent Films, Inc.

San Diego, CA

Established deficit funding for pilot television projects through third party funders. Wrote and monitored contracts for company officers, talent and support staff. Closed contracts with Chinese government film studios for cooperative management of studio facilities and international film projects both in the US and China. Managed on-site film crews, monitored all contractual employees and sub-contractors to include talent and cinematography. Established time-lines and production schedules for film production. Established and negotiated draw-down schedules for film financing from third party investor groups.

2011 to 2016 Independent Consultant

Pingshan District, City of Shenzhen, China

Established relationships between Pingshan government and American research universities for the purpose of cooperative and sponsored research and development projects leading to industrial production. Coordinated hospital/medical school project between Pingshan and American medical university to include a blended western/Chinese medical curriculum.

1989 to Present Independent Consultant:

Disaster Medical Systems

Provided guidance in the development, implementation and management of disaster/mass casualty medical systems under government contract in areas of war and natural disasters (Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar). Negotiated service agreements between government representatives and opposing military and rebel forces for the procurement of civilian medical care. Created teaching modules for civilian medical contractors focusing on trauma practice and medical ethics in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

1985 to 1999 Chief Executive Officer: Founder

Vector Emergency Medical Systems

Designed, funded and operationalized a global emergency medical consultation service to ships at sea, airlines and land-based client groups. Designed, negotiated and managed a network of eighteen level one trauma centers, worldwide hospital networks and advanced communication systems to provide life-saving services to private, corporate and government sectors, to include shipping fleets, fortune five hundred corporations, international government officials, their families and federal divisions. Provided instruction to Interpol agents in field assessments and transport. Provided instruction to government officials and UN operatives on the ethical treatment of prisoners of war during Desert Storm. Designed educational programs in moral justice and moral leadership for police agencies in Jordan and Qatar. Consulted with the International red Cross and the Red Crescent concerning the treatment of prisoners in Kuwait and Yemen. Developed Medical training modules for field teams on a train the trainer modular model for combatants in Sudan and Somalia.

1983 to 1985 Program Manager:

National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency

Medical Systems. U of MD Shock-Trauma Center

Developed the Senator Mac Mathias National Study Center, recognized by the U.S. Congress in 1987. Directed the Study Center, secured and managed grant funding, coordinated research, system expansion and development.

1977 to 1983 Senior Research Asst. Michigan State University

College of Human Medicine, E. Lansing, MI

1976 to 1979 Program Evaluation Director

Howell Community Mental Health Center

1973 to 1976 Director: Older Adult Services

St. Lawrence Hospital, Lansing, MI


Presenter: As Time Goes By: Evolution and Predispositional Bias: A Nation in Preparation for War and the Media`s Role as a Social Stasis Agent.” Lecture presentation. Eastern Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Power and Inequity Section. February, 2018.

Presenter: “Evolved Predispositional Behaviors and Socio-cultural Editors among International Peacemakers.” Lecture presentation. American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Las Vegas, NV. January, 2017.

Presenter: “Predispositional Behavior and Mediator Bias;The Camp David Accords.” Eastern Sociological Society Conference roundtable. Philadelphia, PA. 2014

Keynote Speaker: “Definition, Perception and Interaction: A Unified Theory of Social Interaction.” The International University of Humanities and the Social Sciences. San Jose, Costa Rica. The Second International Conference on Alternative Perspectives in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. August, 2011.

Presenter: “Vector Medical Services Negotiating Between Enemies

Peace through a Humanitarian NGO: A Case Study. International Conference on Cultural and Political Exchange in the English-Speaking World: Dynamics, Resistance, Conflict. At the University of Tours: Tours, France. October, 2010.

Presenter: “Elements of the USA Patriot Act and their Constitutionality.” American Democracy Project, East Stroudsburg University. October, 2008

Presenter: “Issues in Domestic Violence; The Criminology of Domestic Violence” Women’s Week Conference. East Stroudsburg University. November, 2009.


Merson, David. 2017. The Editing of Evolved Behavioral Predispositions and their Impact on International Peacemaking. Journal of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences. In Press.

Merson, David. (2012). “The Social Preconditions of Terrorism.” Submitted as Book Chapter. Gerard LaSalle (ed.), East Stroudsburg University. East Stroudsburg, PA.


Eastern Sociological Association

American Sociological Association

International Peace Institute

American Society for International Law

American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences

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