Dennis Sheridan, Ph.D., Ed.D.

Professor, Department of Higher Education

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5528
Fax: (626) 815-5408
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Following a “first career” as a high school social studies teacher, Dennis Sheridan, Ph.D., Ed.D., entered the world of college student development nearly 30 years ago at Texas Christian University, where he served as a residence hall director while pursuing a master’s and doctorate in Christian education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Upon completion of the doctorate, he became vice president for student life and dean of students at California Baptist University. After 10 years in that role, and upon the completion of his Ph.D. from UCLA, he moved to APU as a faculty member, program director, and department chair. At APU, he helped expand the master’s program in college student affairs and helped develop the doctoral program in higher education leadership. In 2006, he became director of the doctoral program in higher education leadership at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.


  • Ph.D., Higher Education and Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ed.D., Foundations of Christian Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.R.E., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.Ed., Education Administration and Supervision, Louisiana State University
  • B.A., Louisiana Tech University


  • Secondary Teaching Credentials in Social Studies and English

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Higher Education


  • College Student Affairs
  • Higher Education
  • Organizational Leadership

Courses Taught

  • CCSD 543 – Legal and Ethical Issues in College Student Affairs
  • CCSD 551 – Introduction to College Student Affairs
  • CCSD 562 – Today's College Students
  • CCSD 575 – Quantitative Analysis in College Student Affairs
  • CCSD 581 – Foundations of Higher Education
  • CCSD 592 – Program Evaluation in College Student Affairs
  • CCSD 595 – Capstone Project in College Student Affairs
  • HED 723 – Higher Education and the Law
  • HED 743 – Program Evaluation in Higher Education
  • HED 790 – Doctoral Seminar in Research Studies