Dr. Wheater teaches histology and evidence-based dentistry to dental and dental hygiene students. She is also involved in research methods courses for the dental hygiene degree completion program. Additional responsibilities include managing the Student Research Program and the student academic leadership program called Explorations in Dentistry. She has received teaching awards and grant funding for teaching and research programs. Dr. Wheater holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Iowa State University, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship from Northwestern University School of Medicine. She joined the University in 2004.