Jason Zentz is Assistant Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs in the FAS Dean’s Office. He is responsible for leading the FAS academic unit review process, which evaluates the condition of a department or program as a whole, determines its strengths and weaknesses, and provides strategic guidance about the direction it should take in the future. Jason works with department chairs and language program directors in the allocation of teaching resources and the appointment and review of language lectors and introductory English lecturers. As a member of the faculty affairs team, he manages the transition to the new tenure and promotions system (FASTAP 2016), and he is involved with the creation, revision, approval, and application of FAS policies and procedures related to faculty appointment and promotions. His portfolio also includes organizing orientation events for new FAS faculty, maintaining the FAS ladder faculty slot book, advising on the design of the Porter faculty career path database, and serving as the FAS point of contact for the nascent Tobin Center for Economic Policy at Yale. He serves as a staff representative on the FAS Steering Committee, the Faculty Resource Committee, the Teaching Resource Advisory Committee, and the Language Study Committee.
Jason is an alumnus of Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where he earned his PhD in linguistics. For his dissertation research on the structure of questions in Shona, a Bantu language spoken in Zimbabwe, he received the 1st Place Student Abstract Award from the Linguistic Society of America. Upon graduation, Jason spent part of his time as a postdoctoral associate in linguistics, investigating variation in sentence structure across speakers of North American English through the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project.
In addition to his graduate degrees from Yale, Jason holds a BA in linguistics and music from the University of Rochester, where he studied voice at the Eastman School of Music. He continues to sing as a member of the Yale Camerata and Chamber Chorus.