The Opportunity

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.

Context

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.

The Position

Role of the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Reporting to the dean of the College of Engineering and serving on his executive team, the associate dean will lead the development and implementation of DEI strategies, initiatives, and resources. The associate dean will shape and support the college’s strategic commitment to build greater diversity among its students, faculty, and staff and proactively foster an inclusive learning and working environment where all members of the college community have an equal opportunity to succeed and feel a sense of belonging. Building on the college’s 2017-18 DEI strategic plan and the momentum of recent years, the associate dean will shape and launch a new DEI strategic plan that is currently being crafted. The associate dean will also develop evaluation tools and establish metrics to measure progress and promote continuous assessment and improvement.

The associate dean will chair the college’s DEI committee; serve as the main point of contact and central resource for students, faculty, and staff on DEI matters; partner with student leaders to support student-led equity initiatives to improve climate within the college and connect students across degree programs; oversee other staff in the college working on DEI activities; oversee and manage DEI-related outreach activities; represent the college on various committees; and collaborate with other DEI leaders across Carnegie Mellon to share best practices, coordinate efforts, and guide the college and university toward a more inclusive future.

Opportunities and Challenges

The associate dean will have the opportunity to address the college’s DEI priorities by:

  • leading the continued development and execution of a college-wide strategic vision and plan for DEI, including new program development and implementation;
  • diversifying the college’s faculty, staff, and students by attracting and retaining the world’s best talent;
  • creating an equitable environment that provides equal opportunity for all to thrive;
  • building an inclusive and antiracist culture and climate that fosters respect for one another, creates belonging, and allows everyone to fully participate in all aspects of college life;
  • serving as a liaison and an ambassador for the college in communicating and fulfilling its commitment to DEI and in building partnerships with communities in Pittsburgh, the nation, and beyond;
  • identifying and maintaining quantitative and qualitative measures of success that document our progress toward the goal stated in our strategic plan; and
  • coordinating DEI efforts across all college departments and institutes, creating synergies and accelerating progress towards the college and university’s high aspirations for inclusive excellence.

Measures of Success

The associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion will work directly with Dean William H. Sanders to identify specific quantitative and qualitative measures of success and their timetables soon after joining the College of Engineering.

In the short term, the associate dean’s success will be measured by the degree to which they have learned the workings of the college and Carnegie Mellon, become a part of the college’s executive team, built relationships with key constituents, and become broadly recognized as the principal catalyst for the positive trajectory of the college’s DEI commitments and efforts. In the longer term, success will be measured by the adoption and implementation of a new DEI strategic plan and by progress towards transparent and data-driven goals and through the widespread recognition that DEI efforts and outcomes are prioritized at all levels of the college.

Qualifications and Characteristics

The College of Engineering seeks a collaborative, results-oriented individual who has successful experience leading DEI initiatives and driving organizational change in a complex environment with multiple constituencies. DEI experience in an academic environment is welcomed; candidates from outside of higher education with relevant, transferable skills and experience will be considered and are encouraged to apply. While this role is envisioned to be a full-time executive position, a faculty appointment is possible depending on the qualifications and desire of the successful candidate.

Minimum qualifications include an advanced degree, subject matter expertise in DEI, five years of relevant experience, and evidence of the following:

  • experience working collaboratively to develop and/or execute a DEI strategic plan and drive positive change across a complex organization;
  • an ability to anticipate and address challenges proactively, with systems-level thinking and working toward institutional change, rather than simply reacting to them or focusing on individual remedies to issues as they present themselves;
  • a keen understanding of the emerging and historical issues around diversity, equity, inclusion, antiracism, and social justice and an ability to help others understand these perspectives;
  • knowledge of the issues facing students in today’s higher education climate, including students of color, first-generation college students, LGBTQ students, women, students with disabilities, and international students; and
  • adept at fostering dialogue with multiple constituencies across and beyond the college, building coalitions, and achieving results through influence, empowerment, and competence.

The following attributes would be attractive in a successful candidate:

  • ability to leverage STEM education networks and create external alliances to develop strategic partnerships, programmatic opportunities, and recruitment pipelines;
  • an aptitude and willingness to support fundraising efforts for DEI initiatives; experience with grants from the National Science Foundation and other government agencies and funding organizations;
  • adept at strategy and operations, with ability to lead with vision and purposefulness while keeping an eye to new possibilities and emerging challenges;
  • a strong sense of optimism, entrepreneurship, and the willingness to explore innovative ways of creating change;
  • a deep and intersectional understanding of the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power, and an understanding of the large and small inequities and systemic practices that have inhibited progress; and
  • exceptional listening and communication skills, energy, enthusiasm, drive, emotional intelligence, and gravitas necessary to achieve ambitious goals while balancing the needs of multiple constituencies.

We welcome candidates to present their vision and priorities to impact the future of DEI in the College of Engineering.

About the College of Engineering

The College of Engineering is central to the mission of Carnegie Mellon; its connections span the entire breadth of CMU, and it serves as a driving force for scholarly collaboration and interdisciplinary teaching and research. Widely regarded as one of the preeminent engineering institutions in the world, the College of Engineering ranks #4 in graduate programs and #6 in undergraduate programs in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings of engineering programs. The college’s distinguished faculty and alumni include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Turing Award, and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, as well as numerous esteemed members of the National Academies of Engineering, Science, and Medicine.

The College of Engineering is home to 3,987 students, including 1,695 undergraduates in seven undergraduate majors, 1,486 master’s students in 27 unique programs, and 806 doctoral candidates in eight different PhD offerings. It produces creative and technically strong engineers who pioneer solutions to global challenges and boasts over 30,000 living alumni. The college’s departments are: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, engineering and public policy, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering. Across these programs, the college is known for its innovative and interdisciplinary “maker” culture aimed at addressing and solving complex societal problems. This commitment to integrating across engineering, sciences, arts, business, and other disciplines guides the college’s socially transformative research in advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, cyberphysical systems, cybersecurity, energy and environment, health and biomedicine, additive manufacture, smart cities, and robotics, as well as many other areas.

A number of research centers and institutes at CMU provide opportunities for faculty to collaborate across disciplines and colleges. Several of these university-wide centers and institutes have a large footprint in Engineering, with directors either reporting to or interacting with the Dean of Engineering. CyLab brings together engineering, computer science, public policy, and other disciplines to address issues in cybersecurity and digital privacy. The Information Networking Institute educates and develops engineers through technical, interdisciplinary master’s programs in information networking, security, and mobility that incorporate business and policy perspectives. The Integrated Innovation Institute, which joins forces between engineering and business, fosters the development of innovative products and services that create value for real people. The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation leverages faculty expertise in technology, policy, integrated systems, and behavioral science to improve energy efficiency and develop new, clean, affordable, and sustainable energy sources. The Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research fosters interdisciplinary research and education related to sustainability and the environment across campus. Mechanical and electrical engineers, computer scientists, and psychologists convene at the Robotics Institute, the world’s largest robotics research and development organization, working to create the next generation of robotics for human interaction. Meanwhile, the Smart Cities Institute, or Metro21, brings together researchers from across CMU to research, develop, and deploy 21st century solutions to the challenges facing metro areas, including local partners such as the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

The College of Engineering operates CMU-Africa, which was established in 2011 and remains the only U.S. research university offering its master’s degrees with a full-time faculty, staff and operations in Africa. Born out of a partnership between CMU and the Government of Rwanda, CMU-Africa provides a platform to engage in Africa’s most significant opportunities and challenges through world-class education and contextually-relevant research.

The College of Engineering has been offering masters and PhD programs in its Silicon Valley campus since 2002. The College of Engineering connects many of its distinctive technology education programs to Silicon Valley’s innovative business community and has developed dynamic partnerships with NASA and other Silicon Valley organizations.

Leadership

William H. Sanders, Dr. William D. and Nancy W. Strecker Dean of the College of Engineering

William H. Sanders is the Dr. William D. and Nancy W. Strecker Dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and a professor of electrical and computer engineering. He is a leader in engineering research and academia, a well-respected collaborator in higher education who builds strategic public-private partnerships.

Sanders previously served as the Herman M. Dieckamp Endowed Chair in Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the interim director of the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) in the University of Illinois System where he led the joint education, research, and innovation institute in its efforts to drive technology-based economic growth. Backed by a $500 million appropriation from the state and more than $400 million in private funding, DPI spans three universities and includes eight other academic partners.

Sanders has spent the past 25 years of his career as a tenured professor at Illinois in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. His research interests include secure and dependable computing and security, as well as resiliency metrics and evaluation, with a focus on critical infrastructures. He has published more than 270 technical papers in those areas. Sanders has also directed work at the forefront of national efforts to make the U.S. power grid smart and resilient.

Beyond his significant scholarly record, he was the founding director of the University of Illinois’ Information Trust Institute in 2004, growing its faculty to more than 100 and attracting $80 million in external research funding by 2011. Sanders then served as director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory from 2010-2014 and was head of the university’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2014-2018. He also co-founded the Advanced Digital Sciences Center in Singapore in 2009, which is Illinois’ first international research facility.

Sanders earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering; master’s degree in computer, information, and control engineering; and doctoral degree in computer science and engineering, all from the University of Michigan. He is an elected fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery; and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

His awards include the 2016 IEEE Technical Field Award, Innovation in Societal Infrastructure, for “assessment-driven design of trustworthy cyber infrastructures for societal-scale systems.” Sanders is also an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Network Perception Inc.

Leadership Organization Chart

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon is deeply engaged with the City of Pittsburgh and the greater Pittsburgh region to the benefit of the university and the region. Over the last decade, as the area has established its identity as a technology hub for both startups and large corporations, that relationship has grown even stronger. Low costs of living, networking opportunities, small business accelerators, and an innovative community make the city appealing to entrepreneurs, especially recent graduates. There is a high density of software and robotics companies, in particular, that contribute to the growing technology and innovation ecosystem in the region, including ANSYS, Bosch, Google, UberATC, Argo, and others, many with CMU roots and partnerships. The city is also home to the Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Pittsburgh has a vibrant research environment with numerous universities and research hospitals. CMU and the College of Engineering have multiple collaborative ventures, notably with the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Allegheny Health Network, and Highmark.

Ranked among the most livable cities in the nation, Pittsburgh features relatively low cost of living, a highly educated population, and an increasingly vibrant dining and social scene. The city features a suite of cultural institutions, four major professional sports teams, and a gateway to mountains, whitewater, and other outdoor activities. Many CMU faculty live close to campus, enjoying short walks or bike rides to work, a range of educational options for their children, nearby public transportation, and parks, restaurants, and shopping all within walking distance of home.

Institution & Location

Carnegie Mellon University: An Overview

About Carnegie Mellon

Over the past 50 years, the university has set the standard for scholarship, education, and impact for a 21st-century research university. A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), CMU is a global university with nearly 14,800 students, more than 105,000 living alumni, and approximately 6,300 faculty and staff. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked CMU #26 among national universities, and many of its programs are among the top ranked in the world. CMU boasts academic strength across a broad range of fields spanning humanities, fine arts, social sciences, business, public policy, physical sciences, and engineering, and, indicative of this breadth, is home to the #1 ranked programs in computer science and drama.

The university is known for its distinctive culture, which champions interdisciplinary inquiry in a technology rich environment. It maintains a forward-thinking stance towards all disciplines, strives to be socially relevant, and embraces the traditions and values of humanistic inquiry across all pursuits. CMU faculty are renowned for inspiring students to think creatively, interpret with insight, and solve major societal, scientific, and technological challenges. Current and former faculty and alumni include 20 Nob0el Laureates, 79 members of the National Academies, 12 Turing Awards, 10 Academy Awards, 116 Emmy Awards, and 47 Tony Awards. Exceptionally talented students, roughly 47% undergraduate and 53% graduate, are drawn to the university’s commitment to innovative education and training and its outstanding programs across its seven schools and colleges. CMU has seen a dramatic increase in undergraduate applications that have led to increasing selectivity and rising yield, as well as substantial increases in master’s level students. CMU’s annual budget is over $1.3 billion with total research expenditures of $400 million.

In March 2018, Dr. Farnam Jahanian was named the university’s 10th president. A nationally recognized computer scientist, entrepreneur, public servant, and higher education leader, Jahanian led the development of a strategic plan that builds on the university’s distinctive strengths and capitalizes on its alignment with the current higher education landscape. The plan outlines objectives across a range of areas including: cultivating a diverse and inclusive community; advancing technology-enhanced education; promoting the physical and emotional well-being of the community; sustaining the special culture where interdisciplinarity, innovation, entrepreneurial thinking, and action are valued and fostered; and continuing to impact the economic and cultural life of the Pittsburgh region and the nation through a clear commitment to solving societal challenges.

CMU is a dynamic institution that has exceptional impact in the world relative to its size and endowment. The success of the university emanates from its deeply held core values: dedication, impact, collaboration, creativity, empathy and compassion, inclusion, integrity, and sustainability. It is a place of creativity, pragmatism, and ambition, with a tradition of strategically focusing its efforts and resources in areas where it can lead, then pursuing those areas with startling intensity.

Leadership

Farnam Jahanian, President and Henry L. Hillman President’s Chair

Farnam Jahanian was appointed the tenth president of Carnegie Mellon University by its Board of Trustees in March 2018. He was previously the university’s provost and later served as interim president from July 2017 to February 2018.

A nationally recognized computer scientist, entrepreneur, public servant, and higher education leader, Jahanian brings to CMU extensive leadership and administrative expertise, not only in advancing research and education within and across disciplines, but also in translating research into technologies and practices that benefit society.

He first joined CMU as vice president for research in 2014, where he was responsible for nurturing excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activities. In his role as provost and chief academic officer from May 2015 to June 2017, Jahanian had broad responsibility for leading CMU’s schools, colleges, institutes, and campuses and was instrumental in long-range institutional and academic planning and implementation.

Prior to coming to CMU, Jahanian led the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) from 2011 to 2014. He guided CISE, with a budget of almost $900 million, in its mission to advance scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research. Previously, Jahanian was the Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan, where he served as chair for Computer Science and Engineering from 2007 to 2011 and as director of the Software Systems Laboratory from 1997 to 2000.

Jahanian has been an active advocate for how basic research can be uniquely central to an innovation ecosystem that drives global competitiveness and addresses national priorities. His highly influential research on internet infrastructure security formed the basis for the internet security company Arbor Networks, which he co-founded in 2001 and where he served as chairman until its acquisition in 2010.

Jahanian serves as chair of the National Research Council’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), sits on the executive committee of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, and is a board member of the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). He is also active with the World Economic Forum, serving as co-chair of Global University Leaders Forum and as a member of the Internet of Things Council through WEF’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Jahanian holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Tris. They have three children: Dan, Thomas, and Sara (who earned her statistics and data science degree at CMU).

James H. Garrett, Jr., Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

James H. Garrett, Jr. was named provost and chief academic officer of Carnegie Mellon University in January 2019.

As the university’s chief academic officer, Garrett is responsible for leading CMU’s schools, colleges, institutes, and campuses and is instrumental in institutional and academic planning and implementation.

A member of the faculty since 1990, James H. Garrett, Jr. became dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering in 2013. Immediately prior to that, he spent six years as head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Garrett is Carnegie Mellon plaid through and through, having received his BS (’82), MS (’83), and PhD (’86) degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the institution. He joined the faculty of the College as an assistant professor in 1990 and was promoted to full professor in 1996. Garrett has served in other administrative roles including associate dean for graduate and faculty affairs (2000-2006) and acting dean (2004), as well as faculty co-director of the Smart Infrastructure Institute, a research center aimed at developing sensing technology for construction and infrastructure systems.

Throughout his research career, Garrett focused on how sensors and data analytics can make our cities more adaptive and efficient. This approach aims to give built infrastructures the ability to detect and report on problems directly to the humans charged with maintaining those structures, allowing for more proactive and cost-effective infrastructure management.

While dean of the College of Engineering, Garrett initiated a strategic planning initiative and oversaw its implementation aimed at making the College of Engineering more diverse at the graduate and faculty levels. The plan sought to help make the college be more of a leader in diversity, when compared to our peer colleges of engineering. During his time as dean, the college invested significantly, and continues to do so, in the GEM Program which supports talented and underrepresented students in the STEM fields. The implementation of the plan also saw a revamping of the faculty hiring process based on best practices that has led to more diversity in the faculty ranks.

Centers

Working at the nexus of technology and humanity, the university is enriching the everyday human experience through interdisciplinarity, innovation, and ingenuity collaboration.

Home to more than 100 centers and institutes, researchers look across disciplines and reach beyond the boundaries of education for partnerships to create work that matters.

Among the centers is the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, which was recently awarded more than $250 million. The institute integrates industry practices and institutional knowledge across disciplines to realize the promises of a robust manufacturing innovation ecosystem.

As a global model for smarter city solutions, Carnegie Mellon partners with the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and other government agencies, to incubate a range of technological systems that will improve safety, enhance mobility, promote efficiency and address pollution in the environment. Work related to traffic lights has decreased travel times and lowered emissions by over 20 percent in test areas, resulting in international recognition.

Global institutions with Pittsburgh presences like K&L Gates and PwC also leverage their client engagement experience with CMU’s world-class research, faculty, and students to partner with the university to invest in the future.

Student Body

Carnegie Mellon provides a distinct educational experience, which is offered to more than 13,000 students through seven distinguished schools and colleges, augmented by campuses in Qatar and Silicon Valley, and degree-granting programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America.

For a broader breakdown of our CMU student body, you can view our current fact sheet, https://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/media/W1siZiIsIjIwMTkvMTEvMjAvNjVmbnBxOTlvc19BRE1fMjBfMDc3X0dlbmVyYWxfRmFjdF9TaGVldF8wNF9Gb3JXZWIucGRmIl1d/ADM-20-077_General_Fact_Sheet_04_ForWeb.pdf.

Students, including the first-ever incoming class to have more women than men, are also drawn by curricula that complement academics with personal and career skills.

To help support students, CMU leadership launched the Presidential Fellowship & Scholarship program in 2014 to lower the barriers of the cost of attendance for undergraduates and reduce the dependence on external funding sources for graduate students.

CMU strives to provide a holistic experience for students to foster intellectual and personal growth as well as create a united sense of spirit and purpose, or “One CMU.”

A new Health and Wellness Center is set to open in 2021 that will include an expanded Counseling and Psychological Services. In addition, CMU’s Cyert Center for Early Education, a full-day early care and education program, opened a second location in 2017.

The host family program for international students launched in early 2017. Within the first few months of its inception, 73 students were matched with 40 families who serve as hosts, and numbers are expected to increase significantly.

In August 2017, CMU established the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (CSDI), a community hub that actively seeks to cultivate a strong, diverse, and inclusive community capable of living out these values and advancing research, creativity, learning, and development that changes the world. It is the manifestation of 50 years of tireless effort and advocacy within the campus community for students of color. CSDI builds upon these historical foundations to support communities of color, students who are first in their families to attend college, low-income, LGBTQIA students, women, and much more.

In August 2019, CMU established the Tartan Scholars program—a yearlong support program specifically designed to meet the unique needs of our incoming first-year students who are academically high-achieving and come from low-income backgrounds. Tartan Scholars are part of a week-long orientation program and continued support throughout the academic year. Tartan Scholars will get an early peek at life at Carnegie Mellon, meet some of their classmates, begin to build meaningful relationships with staff and faculty mentors, and learn about the academic and co-curricular landscape.

Faculty

At Carnegie Mellon, our emphasis is not only to attract the best and the brightest students, but to attract and retain faculty all-stars. With more than 1,300 full and part-time teaching and research faculty members (representing 50 countries) and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1, our students have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned faculty. We are proud to say that approximately 96% of our faculty members have a PhD or equivalent, and that our faculty is award-winning and have been recognized by professional societies across the board. Carnegie Mellon faculty are known to be accessible—from weekly office hours to answering emails and phone calls in the middle of the night.

CMU has four tracks for our current faculty (tenured and untenured): Research, Teaching, Librarian, and Adjunct/Special Faculty. Depending on the college our Adjunct Faculty and Special Faculty can be classified as staff as well.

Staff

Our employees support a highly-selective, global, research institution with campuses in Pittsburgh, Qatar, and Silicon Valley and degree-granting programs in five continents. We offer competitive benefits to our over 5,000 faculty and staff, place importance on fostering diversity and a spirit of inclusion, and emphasize the power of creativity and innovation across the university—from our academic and research programs in art and technology to our staff positions in finance and administration.

In 2019, the Task Force on Campus Climate communicated many findings regarding the university’s staff. In response, CMU has launched several new initiatives in the last year to better support staff in both their personal lives and professional careers, both present and future. Our most recent initiatives include partnering with Care@Work by Care.com for additional and flexible benefits, launching a Staff Supervisory Awareness Training Program, and the creation of a consistent and standardized process for performance management.

Benefits Overview

A listing of employee benefits is available at: www.cmu.edu/jobs/benefits-at-a-glance/.

 

Application & Nomination

Carnegie Mellon University has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled; complete applications received by October 30, 2020 will be assured full consideration. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jim Norfleet at jmn@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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