Cheryl MatherlyDr. Cheryl Matherly

Vice Provost for Global Education

Cheryl Matherly has responsibility for the strategic leadership of the university’s plan for comprehensive internationalization. She has advised on the development of TU’s successful dual degree programs with universities in China, expansion of undergraduate study abroad, and university partnership programs in India and Brazil. Dr. Matherly’ special area of interest is with the internationalization of science and engineering education. She directs the NanoJapan International Research Experience for Undergraduates, funded by the National Science Foundation. She has a second NSF grant for the investigation of how international experiences both in and outside of formal curricula impact engineering students’ global competency. Dr. Matherly is the recipient of two Fulbright grants for international education administrators (Germany and Japan.) She has a BA in English and Political Science from the University of New Mexico, an MS in Education from Indiana University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Houston.


Lara FoleyDr. Lara Foley 

Associate Dean, Global Education

Director, Tulsa Global Scholars 

Dr. Foley is jointly appointed with the Center for Global Education and the Department of Sociology.  She received her Ph.D. in sociology and a graduate certificate in Gender Studies from the University of Florida.  She teaches courses in the sociology of law and the sociology of medicine.  She has authored or co-authored a dozen chapters and articles and is co-author of the book Gendering Bodies published by Rowman and LIttlfield. Dr. Foley and Dr. Joanne Davis (Psychology) co-direct a study abroad course in Ghana titled “Responding to Interpersonal, Intercultural and Historical Violence.”



Wendy SheetsWendy Sheets

Associate Director

Wendy advises students from the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences and Graduate School (except Grad Business)  Click here to request an advising appointment with Wendy Sheets .

 Since 2004, Wendy Sheets has been managing Tulsa’s reciprocal exchange programs, providing support, orientation, and cultural programming to visiting exchange students, and advising Tulsa’s engineering, science, and graduate students in their pursuit of academic opportunities abroad. Prior to joining the CGE, Wendy was the Program Coordinator of the International Center at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Wendy is an active member of NAFSA, and is currently serving at NAFSA’s Trainer Corps. In 2009, she was awarded a Fulbright International Education Administrators grant to Germany. Wendy holds Bachelor’s degrees in French and Women’s Studies from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University.


Laura SemenowLaura Semenow

Assistant Director

Laura advises students from the Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences  Click here to request an advising appointment with Laura Semenow .

 Laura Semenow is responsible for managing Center for Global Education campus events and marketing activities as well as advising Arts and Sciences students on their pursuit of international experiences. Prior to working at the University of Tulsa, Laura was a Graduate Assistant at the University of Vermont while pursuing a Masters of Education and an Exchange Program Coordinator at Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais State (PUC-MG), in Brazil, where she grew up. She also holds a BA in International Relations from PUC-MG. Laura is a member of NAFSA and currently serves at the Education Abroad Liaison on the NAFSA Region III Team. 

Shanna Blount

Shanna Blount

Assistant to the Vice Provost

Shanna Blount manages CGE’s main office as well as the departmental budgets. She also assists Dr. Cheryl Matherly in her responsibilities with the campus internationalization initiatives. Shanna is the first contact for students, faculty and staff in search of international opportunities. Shanna has years of experience in education administration as she was assistant to the superintendent of schools in Wichita Falls, TX and Principals’ secretary in two elementary schools. Shanna is currently pursuing a Bachelor degree in Communications at TU and has completed her minor in Psychology.




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