Professor Eithne Guilfoyle is the Vice-President of Academic Affairs (Registrar), DCU. Her primary research interests lie in the syntax and acquisition of Irish and other verb-first languages, especially with respect to word-order, verb-placement and the grammatical properties of subjects. She graduated with a BA in Linguistics and Old and Middle English from UCD in 1979 and moved to Canada where she received a MA and Ph.D in Linguistics from McGill University in 1990. She held postdoctoral fellowships at McGill and MIT, taught at McGill University and Queen’s University (Ontario) and was on faculty at the University of Calgary from 1992 to 1998. She served as the Head of Humanities and the Acting Head of the School of Science and Technology at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire between 1990 and 2003, and as Executive Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences in DCU from 2004 to 2011.