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Sarah J. Shin, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
1006 Administration Building

Since being named Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Sarah Shin has worked with departments and colleges across UMBC to coordinate periodic reviews of academic programs and the development of new programs. Reporting to the Provost and working with the Council of Vice Presidents and Deans, Shin performs project management and communications related to the implementation of UMBC’s strategic plan. A member of the Provost’s Office senior leadership, Shin chaired UMBC’s Title IX Training Implementation Team, which provided mandatory in-person Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training to over 3,300 UMBC employees in AY 2018-2019. She is currently leading a campus-wide effort to improve instructional scheduling at UMBC as co-chair of the Instructional Space and Scheduling Initiative.

Prior to her appointment as associate provost, Shin served as Special Assistant to the Provost for Academic Initiatives. In that role, she oversaw a number of special projects (including a new faculty awards initiative) and co-chaired UMBC’s Student Advising Task Force. In 2017-2018, Shin was awarded the prestigious American Council on Education Fellowship and served as a fellow in the President’s Office at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), where she developed inter-institutional partnerships between UMBC and UMB, work that she continues in her current role.

Shin brings extensive experience in leadership and shared governance, including her two-term service as president of Faculty Senate. She played a significant role in institutional planning and assessment as a member of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and the Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee. Shin has served as an inaugural member of the Provost’s Executive Committee for the Recruitment and Retention of Under-Represented Minority Faculty, and co-directed the TESOL graduate program.

Shin joined UMBC in 1999 and is a professor of education and the 2017-2020 Presidential Research Professor. She received her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Michigan and has established an international reputation for scholarship related to bilingualism, heritage language education, and TESOL teacher preparation. Author of four books and numerous publications, Shin serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education and the International Multilingual Research Journal.

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