Trine University has promoted Sarah Franzen to dean of the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences, beginning in the spring semester. She currently serves as assistant vice president of accreditation and assistant professor in the department of humanities and communication.

In her new role, Franzen will oversee five academic departments - Mathematics and Physics; Criminal Justice; Psychology and Social Sciences; Music; and Humanities and Communication. She will continue to serve in her role as the university's liaison to the Higher Learning Commission.

Franzen holds a Doctor of Literature and Criticism degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as master's and bachelor's degrees from Indiana University. She joined Trine in 2009 as an instructor in the Department of Humanities and Communication, later becoming an assistant professor.

As a faculty member, Franzen has twice been recognized with the Robert Ewing and Gail Stewart Smith Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as the 2017 Trine University Faculty Research Award and the 2018 Barrenbrugge Award for Faculty Excellence. She also was honored with the Outstanding Dissertation Award in Literature and Criticism by Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2017.