Sara T. Rosen, Ph.D., is dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of applied linguistics at Georgia State University. Dr. Rosen’s career in academic leadership began at the University of Kansas, where she served as chair of the Department of Linguistics (2000-2007), dean of graduate studies (2007-2011), senior vice provost of academic affairs (2011-2016), and interim provost and executive vice chancellor (2016) before coming to Georgia State in August 2016. As an academic leader, Dr. Rosen is known for promoting innovation in strategic planning and implementation, academic program review, student support and administrative services, career preparation, undergraduate curriculum reform, graduate education, supporting growth of impactful research across the disciplines, and diversity and equity initiatives.
At Georgia State, Rosen has led the College of Arts & Sciences through organizational change in the dean’s office to support strategic direction and faculty development, developed a comprehensive five-year strategic plan, and launched corporate partnerships to enhance student experiential learning opportunities.
Rosen earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a Ph.D. in linguistics and cognitive science from Brandeis University.
Her primary research is in theoretical syntax, focusing on the clausal functional architecture and its contribution to argument and event interpretation. Her most recent work has been on the inflectional agreement patterns and the structure of the verb phrase and noun phrase across diverse languages, but particularly in Blackfoot (a Plains Algonquian language spoken in northern Montana and southern Alberta).