Carnegie Mellon University

Welcome to the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty. 

In partnership with colleagues across the university, the VPF helps to develop policies and practices that attract and retain diverse, world-class scholars in all of Carnegie Mellon's fields and disciplines. The current Vice Provost for Faculty is Kathryn Roeder, who was appointed in June 2015 by Provost Farnam Jahanian.

Over time, this website will become a central repository for guidance on issues that directly affect CMU faculty, hosting resources that might be useful throughout every stage of a faculty member’s life, including orientation, leaves of absence, tenure and promotion, and retirement. We are committed to assisting CMU faculty throughout their careers and we encourage you to bring your questions and concerns to the attention of this office via our Contact Us page. 

President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Advancing excellence through faculty diversity.

Applications for Carnegie Mellon's PPFP are now closed. Check here for the previous round's information and instructions.

In 2017, we joined in a collaborative partnership with the University of California to offer postdoctoral fellowship opportunities at CMU in order to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at Carnegie Mellon. We offer the potential for postdoctoral research fellowships in all fields represented at the university, coupled with faculty mentoring, professional development, and academic networking opportunities. 

Please check back soon for the announcement of CMU's first PPFP fellows. 

News and Articles

Expectations of Brilliance and Diversity

Sarah-Jane Leslie, Dean of the Graduate School at Princeton, published an article in Science discussing "cultural associations linking men but not women with raw intellectual talent." In the context of gender and race imbalance in academia, understanding Leslie's research is important to creating an inclusive academic environment. From Leslie's abstract:

"We hypothesize that, across the academic spectrum, women are underrepresented in fields whose practitioners believe that raw, innate talent is the main requirement for success, because women are stereotyped as not possessing such talent." Read the full article.

How to be an Ally to New Minority Scholars

W. Brad Johnson, professor of psychology at the US Naval Academy and a faculty associate at John Hopkins University, comments on the positive effects of strong mentoring relationships:

"Evidence from studies of mentoring in higher education shows that doctoral students and new faculty members fortunate enough to be mentored by senior academics report smoother adjustment to academe, stronger records of teaching and scholarship, stronger institutional commitment, higher retention, greater success achieving promotion and tenure, and higher overall job and career satisfaction." Read the full article.