Kelly Sherrill Linkous, Esq., J.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at The George Washington University (GW) in the Educational Leadership and Administration program. Since 2017, Dr. Sherrill Linkous has served as the program co-director while also coordinating, advising, and directing the ELA doctoral program. From 2020 to present, she has served as the chair of the Doctoral Studies Committee. She teaches “School Law and Policy" to MA, EdS, and administrative certificate students, as well “Leadership Theory and Education" and "Pre-Dissertation Seminar" to doctoral students. She has chaired or is chairing a total of 55 dissertation studies and has served as a member of numerous dissertation committees.
Dr. Sherrill Linkous has received numerous teaching awards at GW. For eight consecutive years (2012-2019), Dr. Sherrill Linkous was one of fewer than 10 finalists for the university-wide Honey S. Nashman Faculty Member of the Year Teaching Award, winning the award in April 2015. She has received a nomination for the Morton A. Bender Award in 2021 and 2022. In 2012, Dr. Sherrill Linkous received the Dean’s Outstanding GSEHD Faculty Award. In 2019, Dr. Sherrill Linkous was a nominee for the university-wide George Washington Award.
Prior to joining GW as a faculty member, Dr. Sherrill Linkous practiced education law in Georgia and Virginia, where her affiliated firms represented (collectively) five large, metro-Atlanta school districts, many smaller, rural Georgia school districts, and over 80 of Virginia’s school districts. Dr. Sherrill Linkous’ legal expertise and research includes special education law, First Amendment law, employment law, and other areas of law applicable and relevant to public schools. Dr. Sherrill Linkous obtained her J.D. from GW in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia in 2009. She maintains her license to practice law in Virginia and Georgia, and continues to provide pro bono legal representation for education law matters on a case-by-case basis. She is also an active member of the Education Law Association and the Council for Exceptional Children.
Dr. Sherrill Linkous has served on the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School, which specializes in serving children with autism and severe emotional and behavioral disabilities. She has also provided special education legal training to various public school divisions. Dr. Sherrill Linkous is an Editorial Board member of the Education Law and Policy Review, a peer-reviewed journal. She homeschools her only child and co-leads a virtual science co-op for five second grade children. She is active in USA Swimming and the NVSL, serving as a stroke and turn judge for the latter. Since 2005, Dr. Sherrill Linkous and her husband have served in many roles with multiple Labrador Retriever rescue organizations, including provision of foster and medical care for rescued Labrador Retrievers. They share their home with their second grade daughter and their three rescued dogs.