Carnegie Mellon University

2017 Academic Advising Award Recipient

2017 Academic Advising Award Recipient Emily HalfEmily Half

Academic Program Manager, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Institute for Politics and Strategy, Global Studies, Department of History

Emily Half, an academic program manager in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, advises students in the Institute for Politics and Strategy. She works with undergraduate students majoring and minoring in international relations and politics, as well as students in the Accelerated Master of Science in International Relations and Politics program. She advises students from all undergraduate majors who participate in the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program. In addition to her work in the Institute for Politics and Strategy, Half advises global studies majors and anthropology minors in the Department of History.

Half is dedicated to holistic academic advising and supports her students in their decisions around course selection and degree requirements, study abroad, research opportunities, fellowships and scholarships, internships and post-graduation opportunities. She is passionate about knowing each and every one of her advisees and their individual passions in order to assist them in developing a network of resources to support their undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate experiences. Her goal is to enable their growth as students, scholars and critical global citizens by presenting them with opportunities and breaking down barriers to success.

In addition to her work in the departments, Half has coordinated Dietrich College-wide initiatives around internships and career pathways including Under Construction: Building Your Future, a day-long event that brings Dietrich College alumni to campus to speak with current students about pathways post-graduation. She developed the Dietrich College Internship Insider, an annual web and print publication profiling undergraduate student internships and internship search techniques. She serves as the college liaison for study abroad.

In her free time, Half is an avid knitter and leads the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Association (CMWA) Knit and Crochet Club. She coordinates an annual donation drive within the CMWA to collect hand-knit and crocheted hats and scarves to donate to refugees in the Pittsburgh community.

Prior to her work as an academic advisor in the Dietrich College, Half served the university in the Division of Student Affairs in a variety of capacities, including study abroad, multicultural programming and residence life. 

Half received her bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from Bucknell University and her master’s degree in English from Pennsylvania State University. She has been a staff member at Carnegie Mellon University since 2000.