Rosen, Sara

Sara
Thomas Rosen, PhD
Year Inducted: 
2013
Sara Thomas Rosen
Highlights: 
  • Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Kansas
  • Excellence in Teaching Award winner from the University of Kansas
  • J. Michael Young Academic Advising Award Recipient
Biography: 

Sara Thomas Rosen received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences in 1989 from Brandies University. Shortly thereafter she began her career at the University of Kansas. In 1991 Dr. Rosen became an Assistant Professor in the KU Department of Linguistics; 20 years later she was selected as the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

Prior to her appointment in the Provost’s Office, Dr. Rosen served as Chair of the Linguistics Department and Dean of Graduate Studies. While Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Rosen enhanced diversity recruitment, streamlined the application process by moving it online, and created mechanisms to collect data on graduate students in order to be more responsive to student needs.  Dr. Rosen’s skill as an administrator made her the ideal candidate for Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Her rise through the administrative ranks at KU came as no surprise to her friends; a long-time colleague sites Dr. Rosen’s “very personable style and wonderful sense of humor” as a key to her success as an administrator and educator.

As Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Dr. Rosen has primary responsibility for academic programs as well as overseeing the quality of graduate and undergraduate programs. She also oversees experiential learning programs, online and distance education initiatives, transfer of credit policies, international programs, and continuing education. She has also been tasked with overseeing the university’s strategic plan implementation, a responsibility that many say she has handled in an exemplary fashion through leading by example.

Although her administrative duties are quite time consuming, Dr. Rosen continues to teach in the Linguistics Department and conduct research in theoretical syntax. Dr. Rosen has been recognized as an influential adviser and educator by receiving awards such as J. Michael Young Academic Advising Award and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Kansas. Dr. Rosen’s nominator praised her mentoring talents saying that “Sara is an amazing leader and mentor, who not only listens, but hears and advises or acts. She is a remarkable role model for women at all levels. KU is fortunate to have Sara Rosen in a leadership position.”

Honors & Achievements: 
  • Probing the syntax-discourse interface: The role of person in events and speech acts. Collaborator, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada standard research grant awarded to Elizabeth Ritter at the University of Calgary, 2005-2007.
  • NSF ADVANCE Leadership Institute for Senior Women Faculty. Participant 2005-2006 academic year.
  • Intensive workshop on leadership roles for women in science. Training in leadership styles, conflict negotiations, barriers to academic leadership for women, networking for women in science.
  • Senior Administration Fellow, University of Kansas, 2004-2005 Academic Year.
  • Seminar-style training for senior administration at the University of Kansas. Attended meetings with senior administrators, including Chancellor Hemenway, Provost Shulenburger, Vice Chancellors for External Affairs, Student Success, and other senior administrators at the University.
  • J. Michael Young Academic Advising Award, University of Kansas, 2002-2003. Rosen - 6
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas, May 1999.
  • Post-Lexical Semantics: At the Interface between the Lexicon and Syntax. Collaborator, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada research grant awarded to Elizabeth Ritter at the University of Calgary, 1994-1996.
  • Argument Mapping. General Research Fund Award, University of Kansas, 1995.
  • Inferring the Innateness of Syntactic Knowledge. General Research Fund Award, University of Kansas, 1994.
  • Thematic and Aspectual Arguments. General Research Fund Award, University of Kansas, 1993.
  • Event Structure. New Faculty Research Fund Award, University of Kansas, 1992.
Books: 

Rosen, S.T. (1990) Argument Structure and Complex Predicates. Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics Series V, New York: Garland Publishing Co.


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