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. In close collaboration with the divisional deans and assistant director of faculty affairs, Jason leads the initial substantive review process for tenure and appointments, examining case files for all current and prospective ladder faculty for procedural consistency and legal compliance. He manages the transition to the new tenure and promotions system (FASTAP 2016), and he oversees the creation, revision, approval, and application of FAS policies and procedures related to faculty appointment and promotions.
Jason is an alumnus of Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where he earned his PhD in linguistics. His dissertation research on the structure of questions in Shona, a Bantu language spoken in Zimbabwe, was profiled in the GSAS Newsletter after he won 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.