Carnegie Mellon University

Joseph Devine

Joseph Devine

Associate Dean, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Adjunct Professor, Department of History


Dr. Joseph Edward Devine is a cum laude graduate of Holy Cross College (1973), with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in History from Stanford University (1974), and a Doctor of Arts degree in History from Carnegie Mellon University (1984).  He currently serves as Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Adjunct Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Devine served as History teacher-in-residence at The American School in Switzerland in Lugano, Switzerland from 1974-1977.  He joined the Dean's staff in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon in 1979 as Director of the College's Academic Advisory Center, became Assistant Dean in 1986 and Associate Dean in 1988.

Dr. Devine’s several years’ experience in education has involved many roles (teaching, advising, and administration), and most of it in higher (undergraduate) education.  A very significant portion of this experience has been in the nexus between college and pre-college, including:  freshman orientation, transition, and advising; directing his college’s summer pre-college program administration and teaching; and serving as college liaison with undergraduate Admissions, with extensive advising interaction with pre-college students.  

Other parts of his work have been directed at the pre-professional/pre-baccalaureate level (e.g., pre-law advising, fellowship and scholarship advising), and have involved a set of activities that parallel the challenges facing pre-college students (e.g., organizing and orchestrating a school search and application strategy, securing the best possible letters of recommendation, developing winning personal statements, etc.).  He also serves as advisor and mentor to students returning to his college from academic leaves of absence.

Dr. Devine is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies, Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, American Association of Higher Education, National Academic Advising Association, and National Association of Pre-Law Advisors.   Among his honors and awards include Carnegie Mellon University’s Undergraduate Advising Award, the University’s highest award for “outstanding contributions to undergraduate academic advising and mentoring.”

Dr. Devine resides in the Point Breeze section of Pittsburgh, with his wife and two children.