CAL Welcomes New Assistant Dean, Student Affairs 

Aileen Taylor

The College of Arts and Letters welcomes Dr. Aileen Taylor, who brings a wealth of experience and skills to SDSU. 

Taylor holds a master’s in sports administration from Georgia State University, a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Georgia, an M.A. in education from Mercer University and a B.S. in sport science from Ohio University.

At SDSU, Taylor is responsible for directing and expanding the CAL Student Success Center to provide a one-stop resource for students seeking support. She serves as a scholarship and advising lead, oversees commencement activities, cultivates student-faculty opportunities, and identifies career paths for all CAL students. In addition, she works on strategies associated with the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025.

Most recently, Taylor served as associate director for graduation and progression in the Office for Undergraduate Education at Emory University. She has also served as senior academic advisor and dual enrollment / early college / MOWR coordinator at Georgia State University. A McNair Scholar and student athlete in college, she was also an award-winning basketball coach for the Utah Junior Jazz.

Taylor describes herself as a restorative leader with a leadership style grounded in building relationships. She is also demonstrably committed to equity and inclusion. 

When asked what she’s looking forward to in her new role, she said: “I’m eager to contribute to and build on the continued success of a great college and institution. It’s an exciting time to be a part of SDSU, and it brings me such joy and gratitude to have the opportunity to work for an institution that values diversity and student success. I look forward to working with our students, faculty and staff.”

“My sincere thanks to the search committee, chaired by Associate Dean John Putman, who assisted in recruiting this superb candidate,” Dean Monica J. Casper said, “And, of course, immense gratitude to our outgoing Assistant Dean Karey Sabol, who so graciously extended her time with us after moving to Montana and who has contributed so much to CAL over the years. Hers are big shoes to fill.”