Ana Maria Ulloa-Shields
Associate Dean for Student Success
Prior to joining the Dietrich family, I spent almost seven years working at the School of General Studies at Columbia University. At GS, I oversaw all the programming in the Dean of Students Office related to student life, retention initiatives, international programs and academic support services, while playing a key supervisory role in academic advising. Now, I have the pleasure of serving as the leader of the amazing academic advising team here at Dietrich. This is a great group of individuals ready to help you in any way. Please stop by and say hello. I can’t wait to meet all of you.
I have several cities that I call home: Miami, FL, New York, NY, and more recently, Pittsburgh, PA. I received my bachelor of science degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a master of arts and master of education in higher and post-secondary education from Teachers College at Columbia University. When I’m not at the office, I am taking some time to get to know the city of Pittsburgh. I love the outdoors, so don’t be surprised if you find me running around town or hiking in the nearby parks.
Academic Advisor, AAC
Education is my passion. Before joining the AAC, I have work in mental health, disability, and in the education field. After completing my Master of Education in Developmental Psychology and Education at OISE, University of Toronto, I continued to work closely with students in higher education to support their educational experience and learning objective. My passion for lifelong learning and empowering students to achieve their potential has led me to CMU. I am excited to meet you all and become a partner in your success.
Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, I have been spoiled with access to incredible food from all corners of the world. There is never anything too spicy, salty, sweet, or “strange” that will keep me from trying something new. I enjoy being close to nature and even being in the snow!
Open door, open mind. As a lifelong learner myself, I always learn something when chatting with students. Feel free to stop by and say hi.
Assistant Director, AAC
I grew up outside of Pittsburgh in the small city of Jeannette, PA. I attended Clarion University where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2011 and received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University in May of 2013. I was a student-athlete for four years and currently advise all Dietrich first-year athletes. I have experience in both career and academic counseling where I worked specifically with undeclared students. The skills and knowledge I gained will help me in academic advising, as well as making a positive impact on the lives of Carnegie Mellon University students.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, doing CrossFit, and reading. My door is always open, so feel free to stop by. I look forward to meeting you.
Senior Academic Advisor and Program Manager
Originally from New Jersey, I moved to Pittsburgh in 2014 and have fallen in love with this city. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2009 from Ramapo College of New Jersey and my Master’s degree in Higher and Post-secondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2011. Since then, I’ve worked at a few institutions primarily in residence life/housing, career counseling, and academic advising. Upon moving to Pittsburgh, I began working at CMU in the Division of Student Affairs and transitioned to the Dietrich AAC in 2016.
In my spare time, I enjoy baking and cooking, crafting, and spending time with family and friends. I am also part of a community choir and love to sing.
I am thrilled to be a part of the Dietrich family, as I have a passion for the humanities and social sciences. I look forward to working with you in your transition to CMU and throughout your time here! Stop by anytime!
Senior Academic Coordinator, AAC
Prior to my arrival here at the AAC, I spent my career devoted to facilitating and supporting in the growth and development of children. After graduating with a dual bachelor of science degree in early childhood education and special education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013, I gravitated to Pittsburgh to work for the Carnegie Science Center; promoting and developing STEM curriculum for children throughout various schools in Pittsburgh. An interest in early childhood education and developmental psychology led me to Carnegie Mellon University- to work for the Cyert Center for Early Education and the Infant Language and Learning Lab. Both of these position provided me with the opportunity to work with CMU undergraduate students. My passion for working with, and supporting CMU students led me to find this role at the AAC.
Growing up in Connellsville Pennsylvania, I was outside from sunrise to sunset. I crave the outdoors; whether it be walking around Schenley Park at lunch, or kayaking at Moraine State Park. During the winter, I tend to hibernate with hot chocolate and tackle as many books as possible.
I am grateful to work amongst incredibly talented students, staff, and faculty. I am honored to be a part of the AAC team and look forward to working with you.