Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, College of Engineering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Oct 05, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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.

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.

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. Minimum qualifications include an advanced degree, subject matter expertise in DEI, and five years of relevant experience. 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.

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. A resume or curriculum vitae with a cover letter that addresses the responsibilities and requirements outlined in the position specification may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jim Norfleet at [email protected]. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Carnegie Mellon University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

We are sensitive to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting work and personal lives, and will offer the utmost flexibility throughout the interview process. The search advisory committee expects to conduct initial interviews via Zoom for the safety and well-being of all involved.

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