Sheldon Silver, JD
College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Shel Silver is the Chair of the Social and Criminal Justice program in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University, where he teaches courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management programs. He holds a Juris Doctoris from Washington University in St. Louis, MO; a Bachelor of Science in General Science and Criminal Justice from University of Detroit-Mercy; and an Associate of Arts in Law Enforcement Administration from University of Detroit-Mercy. He has had a varied career as an Assistant Michigan Attorney General, the Chair of Legal Administration at the University of Detroit-Mercy, an environmental and criminal defense litigator in private practice, a judge, the Environmental Enforcement Coordinator for the State of Arizona, the Deputy Director of the Office of Administrative Hearings for the state of Arizona, the Justice and Legal Studies Chair at Parks College, an independent security and management consultant, the Chair of the School of Criminal Justice at ITT Technical Institute, and an author of two books on criminal justice. At Ashford, he enjoys helping a diverse group of students achieve their dreams, and advises them to have fun and follow their passion. “I have learned that the key to learning is asking questions and questioning answers, that real world experience is invaluable to a teacher in a professional field, and that teachers must be able to continue to learn if they wish to continue to teach.” Dr. Silver lives in Escondido, CA. He and his wife Cyndi have a dog named Punam, are the parents of four grown daughters, and have eight grandchildren. He enjoys reading, writing, hiking, snorkeling, history, politics, travel, and rooting for Detroit sports teams.