In addition to work within the department itself, the English department has close ties to many organizations on campus. Below is a partial list of organizations that our faculty and students have ties to:
- The Communication Symposium was an annual meeting of faculty and staff from both the Pittsburgh and Qatar campuses of Carnegie Mellon University. The overall goal of the symposium is to build one intellectual community that aims toward developing effective approaches for assisting students to develop the professional and technical English communication skills that they will need to function effectively in the emerging global knowledge economy.
- The CMU Press was founded in 1972 as Three Rivers Press, a publisher of poetry. Today, the CMU Press' particular strength continues to lie in literary publishing.
- The Pittsburgh Speech and Society focuses on disseminating research and educational materials relevant to the Pittsburgh dialect, which is often referred to as "Pittsburghese."
- The Intercultural Inquiry website offers information on what intercultural inquiry is, its philosophy, and strategies for engaging in intercultural inquiry.
- The Community Literacy Center is a community/university collaborative of Pittsburgh's 80-year-old Community House and the Center for the Study of Writing at Carnegie Mellon University.
- Edited by Barbara Johnstone, Language in Society is an international journal of sociolinguistics concerned with language and discourse as aspects of social life.
- The Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (PCMRS) is a collection of scholars and students from the western Pennsylvania region interested in the arts, literature, history, philosophy and culture of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Early Modern Period (to the end of the seventeenth century).
- The Humanities Center at CMU, directed by English Department faculty member David Shumway, supports and encourages study, research, and interest in the humanities, the disciplines that study human culture and its products.
- The Center for the Arts in Society sponsors a wide range of talks, panels, and events, and exhibits and performances.