The College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion (associate dean). As the college’s senior diversity officer, the associate dean will have the opportunity to lead a significant expansion of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts at a world-renowned college at the forefront of engineering education and research.
Recognized for the excellence and societal impact of its programs, the College of Engineering consistently ranks as one of the top engineering colleges in the country. It ranks #4 in graduate programs and #6 in undergraduate programs in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings of engineering programs, and the college has been home to over 55 members of the National Academy of Engineering. Approximately 200 faculty and 500 staff members span seven academic departments and four institutes, and the college’s global reach includes degree-granting campuses in Rwanda and Silicon Valley in addition to the main campus in Pittsburgh. With a student enrollment of nearly 4,000, the College of Engineering is the largest of Carnegie Mellon’s schools and colleges. It offers seven undergraduate majors, 27 master’s programs, and eight doctoral programs.
Driven by its distinctive spirit of entrepreneurship and culture of collaboration, the College of Engineering taps into the creativity of faculty to generate ground-breaking ideas at the interface of disciplines. It has pioneered cutting edge research in advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, energy, and cybersecurity, among many other fields. The college attracts an incredibly selective set of students from around the world who are drawn to its commitment to education and its focus on technical skills as well as innovative thinking, leadership skills, and global awareness. The college has prioritized efforts to promote a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture, with notable achievements increasing the representation of women in the student body and faculty and graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds, and believes that continued efforts are critical to its ongoing success, relevance, and preeminence in the field.
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), is a private, global, research-intensive university that is #26 in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report ranking among national universities, and many of its programs are among the top ranked in the world. In addition to its main campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, CMU has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley, Rwanda, and Qatar, and programs in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, California, New York City, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Mexico. Its program areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities, and the arts are supported by approximately 6,300 faculty and staff. Nearly 14,800 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration, and innovation.
The College of Engineering is firmly committed to the principle of equity, which, as a partner to excellence, is the foundation for ensuring that faculty, staff, and students have the opportunity to succeed and to thrive in the college. To nurture and sustain such a commitment, the college strives to be a diverse community that reflects the gender, racial, ethnic, and other demographic profiles of our regional, national, and global constituencies. This includes the recruitment and retention of members of groups that have historically been underrepresented in American higher education or in certain engineering disciplines. It is also imperative that the college be a welcoming and inclusive community that supports the success of all individuals without sacrificing the well-being of any particular group. To those ends, the college has established a strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion focused on implementing best practices for the recruitment and retention of faculty, students, and staff who contribute to the diversity goals of the college.
By investing in these plans, the college has achieved considerable success increasing the number of female engineering faculty and graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds, but important work remains in building greater diversity among all segments of the student body, faculty, and staff and creating a more inclusive learning and working environment. Elevating and expanding diversity and inclusion efforts is a top priority for the college, and the creation of the full-time position of associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion reflects the college’s deep commitment to achieving greater diversity and inclusion. Its faculty, students and staff are fully behind DEI as top college priority and are ready for work together with the associate dean to shape the work, programs, and goals necessary to bring about the organizational change necessary to realize the college’s aspirations.