Sandy Wheeler has served on the Chemistry faculty at Furman since 1992 after obtaining her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She began as Adjunct Professor while working as a consultant to establish a new environmental analysis company, and soon afterwards became the department’s Industrial Liaison to local companies. In the late 1990s, she increased her responsibilities to become the Instrumentation Specialist within the department.
In 2005, Furman was awarded an NIH-INBRE grant, and Dr. Wheeler further expanded her role to provide technical expertise in support of biomedical research efforts conducted in the Chemistry, Biology, and Psychology departments. The position included maintaining primary pieces of shared instrumentation used by INBRE target faculty (such as the LC-MS system housed in the Chemistry), faculty and student training, and method development and data acquisition. In 2015, Dr. Wheeler assumed her current title of Senior Research Associate and Lecturer, supported in part by an NIH award.
Working with her husband, John Wheeler, Associate Provost for Integrative Science, Dr. Wheeler co-supervises a highly active undergraduate effort at Furman, typically engaging up to a dozen science majors each year. In addition to her success in the classroom, her proudest professional accomplishments have been mentoring 120+ successful undergraduate students in Chemistry’s research program while maintaining and providing training of departmental instrumentation that serves her colleagues in Chemistry and across the university.