Cheryl Davis serves as the Associate Provost for Research and Creative Activity and Interim Dean of the Graduate School at Western Kentucky University. She joined the Office of Research and Creative Activity as Associate Provost in 2015 and was named Interim Dean of the Graduate School in 2018. In her role as Associate Provost for Research and Creative Activity, she provides leadership in supporting and promoting the diverse portfolio of research, innovation, and creative activities at Western Kentucky University, and oversees and facilitates activities that involve intellectual property, technology transfer, and commercialization by faculty, staff and students.
Cheryl earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Zoology at the University of Oklahoma and her Ph.D. in Biology at Wake Forest University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Wake Forest in immuno-parasitology and held an instructorship prior to accepting a tenure-track faculty position at Western Kentucky University. Her research career has been focused primarily on the immunology of host-parasite interactions and on parasitic disease surveillance. She has held leadership positions in a number of professional societies including the Kentucky Academy of Science (President, Vice President), the Southeastern Society of Parasitologists (President, Vice President), and the American Society of Parasitologists (Council Member at Large). She served as WKU’s Lead Faculty Representative to the Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (KBRIN) from 2001 to 2017. Cheryl was named University Distinguished Professor of Biology at Western Kentucky University in 2008.