Dr. 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.
Dr. Lara Foley
Associate Dean, Global Education
Director, Tulsa Global Scholars
Lara Foley oversees the university’s study abroad and exchange programs, education abroad policies, and the integration of education abroad into the undergraduate curriculum. She also directs the TU Global Scholars program. For the Global Scholars program, Dr. Foley co-teaches “Global Challenges” and a summer study abroad course in Berlin and Budapest titled “Sustainability and Urban Development.” She previously co-directed a study abroad course in Ghana titled “Responding to Interpersonal, Intercultural and Historical Violence.” Dr. Foley’s research has been in the areas of gender, medicine and law. She is the co-author of Gendering Bodies published by Rowman and Littlefield. Prior to joining the CGE, Dr. Foley was Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Sociology with a graduate certificate in Gender Studies from the University of Florida.
Wendy advises students from the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences. Click here to request an advising appointment with Wendy Sheets .
Wendy Sheets manages a dual degree program with China University of Petroleum Beijing and advises Tulsa’s engineering and science students in their pursuit of academic opportunities abroad, among other projects. 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 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 exchange partnerships, advising incoming exchange students as well as advising TU's 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.
Study Abroad Coordinator
Colin advises students from the Collins College of Business. Click here to request an advising appointment with Colin Large.
Colin Large is responsible for managing the Center for Global Education’s outreach, marketing and events, including exchange student programming. Additionally, Colin advises Business students on opportunities here at Tulsa for international education. Prior to working at The University of Tulsa, Colin was a Program Coordinator with the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures Program at SIT Graduate Institute. Colin holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Doane College, a graduate certificate in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, and a master’s degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management from SIT Graduate Institute.
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.
Chaynika has the responsibility of engaging with and tracking TU study abroad students. She is also responsible for assisting the CGE office with optimization of several processes and technology uses. Prior to her experience at TU, Chaynika worked for four years as an HR consultant in her home country India. She has her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Flint. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology here at TU.
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