Sandefur became provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma
State in July 2014 after working 30 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
where he served as a professor of sociology and dean of the College of Letters and
Science, among other positions. Oklahoma natives, he and his wife were thrilled to
Mendez joined the OSU faculty in 2005 and is currently vice provost of undergraduate
education. She is also a professor of political science. Previously she served as
interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, associate dean of research and facilities
for the College of Arts and Sciences and department head of political science.