Cheryl Sisk named NatSci associate dean for faculty development

Published January 16, 2017

Cheryl Sisk

University Distinguished Professor Cheryl Sisk has been named associate dean for faculty development for Michigan State University’s College of Natural Science (NatSci), effective Jan. 16. As associate dean for faculty development, Sisk will be charged with sustaining a culture of academic excellence within NatSci by cultivating professional and personal development in faculty at all levels.

Sisk, who joined MSU in 1985, is currently a professor in the Neuroscience Program (where she has been a member since 1985) and an adjunct professor in the Department of Physiology. She has also served on the faculty of MSU’s Department of Psychology as a professor (1995-2015), associate professor (1989-1995), and assistant professor (1985-1989).

“Cheryl is an outstanding scientist and an experienced leader of the university,” said R. James Kirkpatrick, NatSci dean. “We are very pleased to have her on board.”

Prior to joining MSU in 1985, Sisk conducted research in various capacities at the University of Texas at Austin, Northwestern University and Florida State University.

“It is an honor to serve the College of Natural Science as associate dean for faculty development,” Sisk said. “I have benefitted enormously from the mentoring and support of MSU colleagues during my 30-plus years here, and am happy for the opportunity to give back by contributing to a supportive institutional culture and promoting the professional development of faculty. I look forward to working with NatSci faculty, chairpersons and the dean toward these goals.”

Sisk earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Baylor University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Florida State University in psychology and psychobiology/neuroscience, respectively.

Her research focuses on the influence of gonadal steroid hormones on nervous system structure and function during adolescence. Research in Sisk’s lab is a combination of neuroendocrinology, developmental neurobiology, functional neuroanatomy and behavioral neuroscience. Her teaching experience includes teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level, where she has been committed to incorporating active learning in all of her classes.

Sisk succeeds Sekhar Chivukula, who became Michigan State University's associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of undergraduate studies in August 2016.