Dr. Sherman Elliott is the Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Grand Canyon State University. Prior to serving as Assistant Dean, he was a Chair of Secondary Education in the College of Education. Prior to joining GCU, Dr. Elliott held the positions of Assistant Clinical Professor of Secondary Education and Director of the Center for Civics Education at Arizona State University. Dr. Elliott received his doctorate in Teaching Innovation and Leadership in 2009 from Arizona State University. He holds a B.A. in Government and an M.A. in Theology from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Elliott is an executive board member for the AZ Council of the Social Studies and serves as a reviewer for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and a judge for National History Day. His research interests include effective strategies for teaching religious studies objectives in social studies courses, Holocaust education and adolescent moral development, and teaching about Islam. When not furthering the goals of the college and university, Dr. Elliott relishes volunteering at his church, spending time with his family, playing the piano and working on his family's cabin in the Bradshaw mountains near Prescott, Arizona.