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Michael Sherr

Chair, Professor of Social Work


Dr. Michael Sherr joined the faculty at Cedarville University in 2018. Dr. Sherr is a Jewish believer who came to faith in Jesus Christ as a young adult. He has been a full-time educator since 2004 and has held administrative positions for more than seven years at both faith-based and secular universities. Dr. Sherr is an internationally recognized Christian scholar with more than $4 million in externally funded research and 80 publications, including three books. He is currently writing his fourth book with Oxford University Press. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. Dr. Sherr has a decade of practice experience serving in behavioral health, hospital, and hospice settings.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina
  • M.S.W., University of South Carolina
  • B.S.W., University of North Carolina Greensboro

Scholarly Works

  • Social Work and Volunteerism: Exploring Factors That Influence Volunteer Commitment (Michael E. Sherr) Faculty Dissertations (2003)
  • Introduction to Competence-Based Social Work: The Profession of Caring, Knowing, and Serving (Michael E. Sherr and Johnny M. Jones) Faculty Books (2014)
  • On Becoming a Christian Educator in Social Work (Michael E. Sherr) Faculty Books (2010)
  • Social Work with Volunteers: Developing Context-specific Optimal Partnerships (Michael E. Sherr) Faculty Books (2008)
  • Exploring the Professor and Student Relationship After a Life-threatening Trauma (George E. Huff and Michael E. Sherr) Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment (2019)
View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »


  • Interests: Long distance running, spending time with wife and three children