Author Profile

Daniel Dillard | Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education in the College of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Current Position and Past Experience
Dan Dillard, Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean of the Office for Undergraduate Education in the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University. In this role, he is is responsible for overseeing programs providing academic advising and support, working with students and faculty on issues affecting students’ academic performance, and serving as a College liaison to Emory University offices such as the Office of Accessibility Services; Counseling and Psychological Services; and Student Intervention Services.

He joined Emory in 2018 after five years at South Seattle College, where most served as Associate Dean at South Seattle College – previously for the division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and then for its Georgetown campus, which houses all of the college’s bachelor’s degree, apprenticeship, and short-term training programs. Dillard also teaches the occasional World Religion course for South’s department of Continuing Education.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Dillard holds a Ph.D. in American Religious History (with a secondary area in Islamic History) from Florida State University, where he also taught for a number of years. His dissertation, “Environmental Religion and the American Transcendentalist Legacy,” examined the nineteenth-century roots of nature-oriented spirituality in American culture. He holds an M.A. in Comparative Religion from the University of Denver and earned a B.A. in English and Religion from Hendrix College.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Dillard loves traveling and exploring the great outdoors with his wife, Dr. Erin Scherer, and two young sons. While they currently reside in Seattle, Dr. Scherer recently accepted a position with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and they’re looking forward to new adventures in Atlanta!

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