Wendy Sherman Heckler, Provost & Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs Division

Wendy Sherman Heckler



Wendy R. Sherman Heckler began her career at Otterbein University as an Associate Professor of Science Education in 2007, and served as Director of Graduate Programs in Education from 2009 to 2012. She was the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of University Programs from 2012 to 2017. She then served as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2017-2019, before being selected to stay on as Provost and Vice President, serving as the Chief Academic Officer for the University.

Sherman Heckler has taught courses in science teaching methods for pre-service and in-service teachers; Master’s-level research methods; current issues in education; physical science; life science; integrative studies (energy and society); and women’s leadership. She has served as advisor, second reader, or graduate faculty representative on 59 master’s level projects at Otterbein, and remains an active faculty representative of the honors program on undergraduate student defenses. She has authored published pieces on Wittgensteinian perspectives on research related to student learning in science. From 2010-2018, Sherman Heckler led an annual Improving Teacher Quality grant-funded physics professional development course for middle school science teachers, receiving over $850,000 from the Ohio Department of Higher Education and enrolling 225 teachers from 56 school districts around central Ohio (in 20 different counties).

Sherman Heckler’s service to Otterbein includes co-chairing the university-wide Accreditation Steering Committee from 2011-2015, which spearheaded our reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. She has also co-chaired or chaired other groups including the Institutional Effectiveness Committee, working sub-groups of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the General Education subcommittee of Curriculum Committee. She most recently served as Chair of the Board of Communities in Schools of Central Ohio, a nonprofit focused on dropout prevention for K-12 students.

Sherman Heckler earned her bachelor’s and her master’s degrees, as well as her doctorate in teaching and learning, from The Ohio State University. Before coming to Otterbein, she taught at Kent State University.