Cheryl Sisk named interim dean of MSU College of Natural Science

  • Jan 1, 2018
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Cheryl Sisk was appointed NatSci interim dean, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Photo courtesy Harley Seeley.

Michigan State University Distinguished Professor Cheryl Sisk was named interim dean of the College of Natural Science (NatSci), succeeding R. James Kirkpatrick, who had served as NatSci dean since 2007. Her appointment, effective Jan. 1, 2018, was approved by the MSU Board of Trustees at its December 2017 meeting.

Sisk most recently served as NatSci associate dean for faculty development from January – December 2017. She joined MSU in 1985 and 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).

“Dr. Sisk’s leadership experience and understanding of the college will provide continuity during this time of transition,” said MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt. “I would like to thank Cheryl for agreeing to step into this position, and to thank Dean Kirkpatrick for his many years of service to the college.”

Sisk, an expert in the fields of psychobiology and neuroscience, investigates the influence of gonadal steroid hormones on nervous system structure and function during puberty and adolescence. Research in her 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. She earned her Ph.D. in psychobiology/neuroscience from the Florida State University.

“It’s an honor to serve as interim dean of NatSci,” Sisk said. “I can’t think of a higher privilege than to work with the exceptional faculty, chairs and directors, and Dean’s Office staff to advance the missions of the college.” 

A reception was held last month to honor and thank Kirkpatrick, who stepped down on Dec. 31 after 10+ years as NatSci dean. He will remain on the MSU faculty, continuing his research program in geochemistry.

A search for the next NatSci dean is underway.


Banner image: Natural Science Building. Photo courtesy of Harley Seeley.

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