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Mark A. Sheridan
Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs and
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Biology


Dr. Mark Sheridan joined Texas Tech University (TTU) as Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs and Dean of the Graduate on March 15, 2014. In this role he provides overall leadership to the Graduate School as well as supervision of interdisciplinary graduate programs and coordination of 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 (NDSU) where he provided leadership for obtaining institutional training grants for graduate students, recruitment and support of students with fellowships, and development 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 1999-2003, Dr. Sheridan served as the Director of North Dakota’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), during which time he lead the federal-state-private sector partnership to enhance research infrastructure resulting in increased per capita federal funding in ND from 33rd to 24th in nation and over a 230% 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 over $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 over 130 publications. He has served as a visiting professor at several universities around the world, 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 is the immediate past chair of the Division of Comparative Endocrinology in the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) and a current 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, USDA, and was on the Committee of Visitors for NSF’s Directorate for Biology and a member of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, US 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 universities highest honor, the Faculty Lectureship.

A native of California, Sheridan earned a B.A in zoology and a M.S. in biology from Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, and his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California--Berkeley.