Sheryl Tucker is vice provost for Oklahoma State University Stillwater and OSU Tulsa. She is also dean of the Graduate College serving over 4,000 graduate students under the advisement of over 1,000 graduate faculty in over 100 graduate programs on three OSU campuses – Stillwater, Tulsa and the Center for Health Sciences. Previously, she served as the OSU interim vice president for research and technology transfer.
Prior to joining OSU, Tucker was a National Science Foundation program director for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program and Graduate School associate dean and professor of chemistry at the University of Missouri--Columbia. She began her academic career as a postdoctoral research associate at Duke University. As a molecular spectroscopist with interest in chemical separations, she has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and garnered significant funding from federal and foundation sources in support of this work.
Throughout her career, Tucker has worked to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in science across all age levels and has been honored by the White House for this work, receiving a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. With her long-held beliefs about the pivotal role of education plays in society and her passionate commitment to mentoring as a means to improve research and education in the nation, she continues to improve access to and participation in higher education in her present appointments.
Postdoc in Chemistry, Duke University, 1994–1996
Ph.D. in Chemistry (Analytical), University of North Texas, 1994
B.S. in Chemistry, Kent State University, 1990