Office of the Provost Staff

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Members of the Provost's staff are available to serve the campus community between the hours of 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
Responsibilities of each staff member are listed below with contact information. Please let us know how we can be of assistance. We look forward to hearing from you!


Roger Blais, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Roger N. Blais
Provost and Vice President 
for Academic Affairs
Professor of Physics

Office: Collins Hall 2140
Phone: (918) 631-2554
Fax: (918) 631-2721
Email: roger-blais@utulsa.edu



  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Oversees curriculum development in all undergraduate and postgraduate programs
  • Supervises faculty recruitment, development, promotion and tenure
  • Assures maintenance and integrity of academic records, and compliance in reporting academic information to outside agencies
  • Keeps the university focused on accomplishing its mission
  • Leads academic strategic planning, accreditation and assessment programs
  • Develops academic support systems: library, computing, publications, nationally competitive scholarships, continuing education, and global education
  • Monitors academic auxiliary programs: Petroleum Abstracts, University School
  • Reports to the Board of Trustees, its Executive Committee and Faculty and Curriculum Committee on all academic matters
  • Serves on the Executive Council, President's Small Executive Staff (PSES), University Council (UC), Faculty Senate, University Curriculum Committee (UCC), and other bodies
  • Represents the University to numerous outside constituencies in the community, state, nation and to various professional communities

Provost Office Staff Member Tanaka

Winona M. Tanaka
Senior Vice Provost and 
Associate Vice President 
for Academic Affairs
Clinical Professor of Law

Office: Collins Hall 2130
Phone: (918) 631-3054
Fax: (918) 631-2721
Email: winona-tanaka@utulsa.edu



  • Serves as liaison to the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association
  • Chairs the NCA accreditation process
  • Chairs the NCAA certification process
  • Chairs the Associate Deans’ Council
  • Chairs the Collegiate Advisors’ Council
  • Coordinates academic support services
  • Serves on the Deans’ Council
  • Serves as Title IX Deputy Coordinator (Faculty)
  • Serves as liaison between colleges and Athletics on academic issues
  • Handles student appeals on academic decisions
  • Handles complaints filed under the Harassment Policy
  • Works closely with the Registrar, TURC Program, Office of University Assessment, and administrators from other areas reporting to the Provost
  • Facilitates relationships with administrators from other areas of the University

Janet Haggerty, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School

Janet Haggerty
Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School

Office: Lorton Hall 201
Phone: (918) 631-2304
Fax: (918) 631-2156
Email: janet-haggerty@utulsa.edu



  • Administers the Graduate School and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
  • Developes, teaches, and helps facilitate the offering of Life Skills Workshops for graduate students
  • Administers the TU Student Research Colloquium for graduate, law, and undergraduate students
  • Chairs the Intellectual Property Committee
  • Participates in various conferences and organizations to improve higher education and research administration
  • Serves as Consultant-Evaluator for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (Higher Learning Commission)

Cheryl Matherly, Vice Provost for International Studies

Cheryl Matherly
Vice Provost for International Studies

Office: Center for Global Education
Phone: (918) 631-3225
Fax: (918) 631-2158
Email: cheryl-matherly@utulsa.edu




  • Promotes, expands and manages the Center for Global Education
  • Oversees the research and development of a comprehensive strategic plan for global education
  • Promotes the value of global education among faculty and students
  • Works collegially with deans, department chairs, faculty, administrators and staff in internationalizing the curriculum
  • Provides intellectual and administrative leadership to engage faculty and administrators in faculty international development, international exchanges, and teaching oversees
  • Oversees the management of graduate and undergraduate study abroad programs, experiential education and international internships
  • Oversees budget development, faculty development grants, study abroad scholarships, and program evaluations
  • Develops and maintains partnerships with cooperating institutions worldwide
  • Establishes appropriate relationships with contract foreign personnel and service institutions
  • Represents the University to national and international education professional organizations

Provost Office Staff Member Jarrett

Millard L. Jarrett
Assistant Provost for Academic Outreach

Office: Twin East 205A
Phone: (918) 631-3262
Fax: (918) 631-3367
Email: millard-jarrett@utulsa.edu





  • Coordinates summer term
  • Organizes and coordinates external or internal meetings sponsored by the Office of the Provost
  • Assists with development of the Undergraduate Bulletin Manages or assists with projects as assigned by the Provost

Tawny Taylor

Tawny Taylor
Director of Student Academic Support

Office: Lorton Hall 210
Phone: (918) 631-3814
Fax: (918) 631-3459
Email: tawny-taylor@utulsa.edu






  • Serves as University Judicial Board (UJB) Hearing Officer for cases involving violations of the Student Code of Conduct
  • Serves as Primary Response Team Member for crises involving students, faculty and staff
  • Coordinates the Retention Team: Tracks, identifies and plans programs for students designed to enhance enrollment and academic success
  • Serves as reporting official for Student Affairs during Associate Vice President's absence from campus
  • Serves as a member of the New Student Orientation Planning and Steering Committee
  • Serves as 504 Coordinator for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance
  • Coordinates training programs for faculty and staff on the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Chairs the Accomodations Committee for students seeking relief under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Coordinates academic services including the University Tutoring Program
  • Plans programs designed to assist with time management, test anxiety, and study skills
  • Works with the Athletic Department to provide tutorial assistance to student athletes
  • Provides academic advisement for undergraduate assistants
  • Administers the University's Medical and Psychological Withdrawal process

Denise Dutton, Assistant Provost for the Henneke Center for Academic Fulfillment

Denise Dutton
Assistant Provost for Honors Program and Henneke Center for Academic Fulfillment

Office: McFarlin Library 5130
Phone: (918) 631-2122
Fax: (918) 631-2157
Email: denise-dutton@utulsa.edu



  • Administers the Honors Program
  • Administers the Henneke Center for Academic Fulfillment
  • Works with the Office of the President to assist Presidential Scholars, TURC participants and candidates for Nationally Competitive Scholarships
  • Assists with annual research colloquium

Provost Office Staff Member Nona Charleston

Nona Charleston
Director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships
Associate Director of Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge

Office: McFarlin Library 5140
Phone: (918) 631-3511
Fax: (918) 631-2721
Email: nona-charleston@utulsa.edu


As Director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships

  • Advises undergraduate and graduate students who apply for prestigious scholarship or fellowships that require university endorsement (such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, Udall, Fulbright)
  • Coordinates campus application procedure from notification through submission
  • Organizes selection and screening committees
  • Communicates with fellowship boards and foundations

As Associate Director of the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC)

  • Oversees TURC operations including admissions and selection for summer research stipends and opportunities for civic engagement and service

Sheila Givens

Sheila Givens-Rains
Director of Assessment

Office: Twin East 205A
Phone: (918) 631-3262
Fax: (918) 631-272
Email: sheila-givens@utulsa.edu




  • Responsible for assessment and for providing information to help the university make strategic decisions to better achieve TU's stated mission
  • Coordinates assessment activities for the entire institution and provides relative data for the many external bodies that accredit the university and its programs

Lauren Wagner, Administrative Associate, Office of the Provost

Lauren Wagner
Administrative Associate to the Provost

Office: Collins Hall 2135
Phone: (918) 631-2530
Fax: (918) 631-2721
Email: lauren-wagner@utulsa.edu




  • Edits the Undergraduate Bulletin
  • Coordinates New Faculty Orientation
  • Coordinates community and campus-related events as assigned by the Provost
  • Secretary, Faculty and Curriculum Committee of the Board of Trustees
  • Secretary, Deans' Council
  • Secretary, University Curriculum Committee
  • Member, Higher Education Cultural Roundtable
  • Member, Commencement Committee
  • Provides support for the Honors Program and the Henneke Center for Academic Fulfillment
  • Provides support for the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge

Patricia Joyce, Assistant to the Provost

Patt Joyce
Assistant to the Provost

Office: Collins Hall 2125
Phone: (918) 631-2554
Fax: (918) 631-2721
Email: patricia-joyce@utulsa.edu




  • Manages and ensures the smooth operation of the Provost's Office on a daily basis
  • Initial contact person for faculty, staff, students and other individuals seeking assistance from the Provost's Office
  • Maintains Provost's calendar
  • Budgetary responsibilities including the processing of requisitions and purchase orders for the Provost's Office and other academic units
  • Supervises graduate assistants and work study students