Director, Science and Humanities Scholars Program
As the first Director of the Science and Humanities Scholars (SHS) Program, William Alba is de facto associate dean for the premier multidisciplinary undergraduate program at Carnegie Mellon University. With faculty appointments in both the Mellon College of Science (MCS) and the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, he represents, leads, and advises some of the most academically nimble students at the university. At Carnegie Mellon he is also the Director of the Advanced Placement Early Admission (APEA) Program, Fellow of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, and Chapter President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
He has a quarter-century of professional leadership across higher education and secondary education. He has built and boosted successful programs that support the academic, metacurricular, and residential lives of students; developed and taught courses across diverse disciplines; and collaborated on projects that span the humanities, engineering, science, and design.
As an accomplished speaker, Dr. Alba is regularly called upon to represent the university at welcome speeches and keynote addresses. He represents cross-disciplinary perspectives for a variety of audiences at Carnegie Mellon, including among faculty colleagues. He has served on high-level college and university committees, drawing upon his expertise in general education reform, academic program development, course innovation, multidisciplinarity, and lifelong education. His areas of interest embrace the transition from high school to college, first-year and summer programming, developing students with superb and assorted academic talents, increasing college access for diverse populations, and appropriate uses of technology in education. He has created numerous metacurricular programs and activities, including the SHS Summer Colloquium Series, Victor M. Bearg SHS Speaker Series, SHS Alumni & Student Reception, APEA Faculty Meeting, APEA Faculty-Student Reception, and APEA Family Weekend.