Carnegie Mellon University

Student Success & Advising at Dietrich College

As a humanities and social sciences student at Carnegie Mellon, you have access to a dedicated team of advisors and essential student success resources.

Dietrich College's Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) is here to help you navigate college-wide programs and resources, inlcuding the General Education Program, senior honors programs, student defined majors, research opportunities and more. Never hesitate to reach out to us for advice and support!

Meet the Student Success Team

Headshot of Kelli MaxwellKelli Lammie Maxwell

Associate Dean of Student Success

What Kelli Does

Kelli is in charge of the college's programs for holistic student advising, academic support and experiential learning. She works to ensure students have access to the resources and opportunities they need in order to achieve their goals and be successful in Dietrich College. Kelli also leads undergraduate initiatives designed to ensure students feel welcomed and supported in Dietrich College, such as the Dietrich Voices program, the DISCUSS first-year seminars and the Student Advisory Board. Kelli also serves as the college's liaison to the university's efforts in student success and student affairs, working with colleagues across the campus on university-wide initiatives that impact the success of all CMU students.

Headshot of Sharon CarverSharon Carver

Associate Dean for Educational Affairs

What Sharon Does

Sharon is the part-time associate dean who leads Dietrich’s General Education Program, including formulating its learning objectives, course categories and options, program assessment, and iterative improvement. She coordinates a small team of professionals who support faculty development of courses that help students build a solid foundation of broadly applicable skills, explore a wide range of disciplinary theories and methods, and collaboratively integrate interdisciplinary approaches to address society’s complex challenges. As a Psychology teaching professor, she regularly teaches 85-221, Principles of Child Development, which is a Contextual Thinking course for the Gen Ed, and she recently developed a Grand Challenge course with Dean Richard Scheines on Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom. Sharon is also the Director of CMU’s Children’s School, a laboratory preschool and kindergarten program where students can serve as student employees, interns, researchers and volunteers.

Joseph Edward "Jay" Devine

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Students

What Jay Does

Jay oversees and directs several programs in the college linked to undergraduate engagement with research, including the Research Training Program and Senior Honors Program. Jay also works with programs that promote and support undergraduate student internships and study abroad, including the Pittsburgh Summer Internship Program, the Dietrich College Internship Opportunity Grant Program, and the Dietrich College Study/Travel Abroad Grant Program. Finally, Jay also serves as the University Prelaw Advisor and Secretary to the University’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

Academic Advising

The Academic Advisory Center (AAC)

After admission to Dietrich College, each undergraduate student will be assigned an AAC advisor who will provide information, advice and counseling about how to schedule classes, meet the requirements of the General Education Program (GenEd) and choose a degree to pursue from the various majors and minors available at Dietrich College.

Meet the AAC Advisors

Academic Advisors by Department, Center or Institute

In addition to the Student Success team and the AAC advisors, you have access to advising within your department center or insitute. These advisors are positioned to work closely with you to help personalize your course schedule so that you meet all degree requirements. They are also an excellent resource for career and internship advice. 

Meet the Academic Advisors