Recruiting & Retaining World-Class Faculty

Strategic Recommendation

Enhance efforts to recruit and retain world-class faculty.

  • Continue to aggressively pursue the highest-caliber talent throughout the world, within disciplines and in interdisciplinary domains.
  • Remain vigilant in retaining outstanding faculty, including relevant funding support and salary considerations, capitalizing on the unique attributes of the university environment in comparison to many better-resourced institutions.
  • Create a formal network for mentorship to nurture and support junior faculty throughout their tenure at Carnegie Mellon.
  • Tightly couple the development of professional and leadership skills with advancement opportunities for all faculty, with an intentional focus on junior faculty, women, and under-represented minorities.
  • Promote engagement among faculty, across disciplines, as well as connections with administrators, staff, and alumni, enhancing civility and social engagement while building strong networks of support.
  • Address specific career-life issues, including enhanced access to child care and dual career issues, to help faculty facilitate career success in tandem with meaningful family life, address personal health and well-being, and navigate other life events.
  • Further advance the current trajectory of more active engagement and collaborations between faculty and administration, including increasing opportunities for shared governance.
  • Within a context of transparency, create and welcome opportunities for faculty to leverage their expertise to inform university best practices in matters operational, curricular, and developmental.


Recent Accomplishments

  • The College of Engineering has launched the Center for Faculty Success, a training program designed to reduce unconscious bias for search committees, now available to the entire CMU community.
  • In 2016, CMU published a faculty recruitment checklist to propagate best practices for hiring across the university.  Early results for 2016 are promising. 
  • Since 2015, Kathryn Roeder has served as Vice Provost for Faculty, a new position focused solely on developing policies and practices that attract and retain diverse, world-class scholars in all of CMU’s fields and disciplines.
  • Rebecca Doerge was appointed as the dean of the Mellon College of Science, effective August 2016.  Her work focuses on statistical bioinformatics, which brings together multiple scientific disciplines in true CMU form.