Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty Development Workshops and Seminars

Programming for the 2023-2024 academic year will be announced this summer.

Past Workshops and Seminars

Tuesday, April 18, 2023   |  4:30-5:30 PM   |  Posner Grand Room
Provost’s Inclusive Teaching Fellows Panel: Highlighting Strategies 

Discover from colleagues approaches they are pursuing to promote DEI in curricula.

Host: Ayana Ledford, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Monday, March 20, 2023   |  12:00-1:00 PM    |  Posner Grand Room
Best Practices for a Faculty Search

Have you ever considered serving on a faculty search but did not feel prepared to volunteer your time and talent? Are you curious to learn more about the search process? This workshop is designed to share Dietrich College best practices for conducting faculty searches. The discussion will focus on starting a productive search, recruiting a broad and deep group of candidates, addressing unconscious bias, evaluating candidates fairly, and holding productive campus visits.


  • Ayana Ledford, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Jeria Quesenberry, Associate Dean of Faculty

Tuesday, February 28, 2023   |  4:30-5:30 PM    |  Posner Grand Room
Funding Opportunities and Building Relationships with Program Officers

This workshop is designed to help faculty to identify research funding opportunities and advice on how to foster relationships with program officers.

Host: Alessandro Rinaldo, Associate Dean of Research

Monday, January 23, 2023   |  12:00-1:00 PM  |  Posner 277
Communicating Your Research: Media Training

This workshop is designed to help faculty to prepare for media interviews and effectively communicate their research to the public.


  • Abby Simmons, Associate Dean of Communications, Dietrich College
  • Stacy Kish, Associate Director, Research Communications, Dietrich College
  • Peter Kerwin, Director, Media Relations, CMU

Monday, December 5, 2022   |  12:00-1:00 PM   |  Baker Hall Steinberg Auditorium A53
Helping Students Connect with Experiential Learning Opportunities

Dietrich College seeks to ensure that every student is able to participate in experiential learning activities throughout their undergraduate program. This workshop is designed to help faculty understand the variety of opportunities available for students in the college via community engagement, internships, service learning, study abroad and undergraduate research.


  • Sharon Carver, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
  • Kim Piatt, Director of Experiential Learning

Tuesday, November 1, 2022  |  4:30-5:30 PM |  Dean's Office Conference Room Baker 154R
Advancing Your Research with Dietrich's Advancement Team

We will highlight several Advancement resources available to Dietrich faculty, what processes are included, and will share some case studies on how we have successfully partnered with faculty in the past. 
  • Liz Cooper, Associate Dean for Advancement and External Relations
  • Adam Causgrove, Associate Director of Corporate Relations
  • David Gardner, Development Associate

Monday, October 10, 2022  |  12:00-1:00 PM    |  Posner Grand Room
Bringing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into your Teaching and Research Lab

Evidence points to how undergraduates who participate in research projects and positively interact with faculty are more likely to pursue and attain post-baccalaureate degrees. Inclusive teaching strategies are important in the classroom as well as a lab setting. Join this conversation as we discuss ways to support all students so that they can freely learn and explore new ideas, express their views as individuals and members of groups.

Host: Ayana Ledford, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Tuesday, September 20, 2022  |  4:30-5:30 PM   |  Posner Grand Room
Dietrich College General Education Program

The Dietrich College General Education program is designed to provide a core foundation for all students across the College, regardless of their primary major. This session will dive deeper into the learning areas, curriculum, program assessment, and early iterations based on the first year of implementation.


  • Sharon Carver, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
  • Nuria Ballesteros Soria, General Education Lecturer

Session presentation slides

Tuesday, September 13, 2022  |  4:30-5:30 PM  |  HELD VIA ZOOM
Showcasing Your Academic Achievements: Elements Training

Elements is the shared research information management system at CMU, which collects and maintains academic and research activities in one convenient location. Administered by the University Libraries, Elements empowers CMU scholars to showcase their academic achievements and activities by collecting and curating their research and academic information. This training session will demonstrate how Dietrich faculty can create and maintain their public profiles.


  • Jason Glenn, Principal Systems Analyst, CMU Libraries
  • Jessica Benner, Librarian, CMU Libraries

Session recording and presentation slides

Monday, August 29, 2022  |  12:00-1:00 PM   |  Posner Grand Room
Dietrich College Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Process

This workshop is designed to help incoming and junior faculty become familiar with the reappointment, promotion, and tenure process in Dietrich College. The focus is on the process for tenure, teaching, and research tracks, but special faculty including postdocs are welcome to attend.

Host: Richard Scheines, Bess Family Dean