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Emily Half

Emily Half

Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy & Technology


Emily Half is the Deputy Director for Academic Affairs for the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy & Technology (CMIST). She provides strategic support and direction to the academic pillar within CMIST, including the development of curricula, coordination of faculty activities, and management of the CMIST schedule of classes and course registration process. She also oversees the general office operations for the Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, offices of CMIST. Emily supervises a team of staff dedicated to supporting CMIST academic affairs (in Pittsburgh and Washington, DC) and operations.

Emily also serves as the primary academic advisor to all CMIST undergraduate students- majors, minors, and CMU/WSP participants. Emily 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. She is the 2017 recipient of Carnegie Mellon University's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Advising and Mentoring. The Academic Advising Award is intended to recognize a commitment to helping students in selecting courses, focusing and managing research and choosing a major/minor, determining long-term career and personal development goals, and defining and achieving academic goals.

Prior to her work as an academic advisor in Dietrich College, Emily served the university in the division of student affairs in a variety of capacities including study abroad, diversity programming, and residence life. Emily has worked at Carnegie Mellon University since 2000. She has a master's degree in English from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor's degree in English and Spanish from Bucknell University.