Dr. Mark Sheridan joined Texas Tech University as Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School on March 15, 2014. In this role he provides overall leadership to the Graduate School, supervises interdisciplinary graduate programs, and coordinates graduate and postdoctoral education with the research and other academic activities of TTU.
Prior to joining TTU, he served as associate dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies at North Dakota State University, where he provided leadership for obtaining institutional training grants for graduate students, recruiting and supporting students with fellowships, and developing activities for the support of graduate scholarships, fellowships and assistantships. He also served as the director of the interdisciplinary cellular and molecular biology program. From 1999 to 2003, Dr. Sheridan served as the director of North Dakota’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), during which time he led the federal-state-private sector partnership to enhance research infrastructure, resulting in increased per capita federal funding in North Dakota from 33rd in the nation to 24th, and a more than 230 percent increase in success of EPSCoR-supported research for competitive grants.
Dr. Sheridan’s research in the areas of comparative physiology/endocrinology (regulation of growth, development and metabolism of animals, and disruption of such processes by environmental contaminants) is nationally and internationally recognized. He has received more than $26 million in grants for direct research support and research infrastructure enhancement from several funding agencies, including NIH, NSF and USDA. He has presented and published the results of this work widely, with more than 40 invited/plenary lectures and more than 130 publications. He has served as a visiting professor at universities in several countries, including Brazil, China, Japan, Sweden and Taiwan. He also serves as editor/associate editor for four international journals in his discipline: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Frontiers in Endocrinology, General and Comparative Endocrinology, and International Journal of Endocrinology.
Dr. Sheridan has served in numerous leadership capacities and is recognized for his teaching and research activities. He was chair of the Division of Comparative Endocrinology in the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology and a council member for the International Federation of Comparative Endocrinology. He was a Fellow of the Brazil Programa de Intercãmbio Internacional em Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He has served as a grant panelist for numerous research agencies, including DoEd, NSF and USDA, and he was on the Committee of Visitors for NSF’s Directorate for Biology and a member of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Biological Sciences. As a faculty member at NDSU he received citations for excellence in teaching and research, held two endowed professorships, and received the university's highest honor, the Faculty Lectureship.
A native of California, Sheridan earned a bachelor's in zoology and a master's in biology from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California-Berkeley.