Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1990
Theoretical and Generative Syntax
Dr. Sara Rosen is a professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language. Her primary research is in theoretical and generative syntax, focusing on the clausal functional architecture and its contribution to argument and event interpretation across a wide range of language families, including indigenous languages of the Americas, Asian Languages, Romance languages, and English.
From 2016-2023, Dr. Rosen served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. As dean, she implemented strategic initiatives focused on faculty mentoring and development; diversity, equity, and inclusion; career-empowering education; development of professionally oriented master's programs and online programs; and increased scholarly and research productivity across the disciplines in the college. She launched a number of research centers in the college, including the Humanities Research Center, the Center for Studies on Africa and its Diaspora, the Center for Disaster Informatics and Computational Epidemiology, and others. Through a large-scale staff reorganization, Dr. Rosen oversaw an initiative to professionalize staff and achieve greater operational efficiency in the college. Dr. Rosen increased the college's support for student success through the creation of new scholarships, funding for graduate student research and professional development, and programs such as Come Back, Pounce Forward to improve degree completion.
Prior to Georgia State, Dr. Rosen served as senior vice provost for academic affairs and interim provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas. At Kansas, she provided key leadership in areas including undergraduate curriculum reform, undergraduate support services, graduate education, academic program review, strategic planning and implementation, promoting growth of impactful research, and campus-wide diversity and inclusion efforts.