Carnegie Mellon University

Advising Philosophy

The undergraduate economics program considers academic advising as one of its most important responsibilities and is committed to providing students with the opportunity to have meaningful and informative discussions about their academic, intellectual, and career interests with a wide range of advisors and mentors. Identifying the primary degree to pursue should be undertaken as a collaborative process with the program advisors.

At Carnegie Mellon, advising is more than choosing classes. Advising involves helping students match their strengths and interests to the particular contents of a program of study and then continuing to design a balanced and rich undergraduate academic experience that will prepare a student to pursue intellectual, personal, and professional goals. We provide holistic advising and encourage students to develop meaningful relationships with their advisors.

Carol B. Goldburg, Ph.D.

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I'm often asked "why economics?" and my reason is quite simple: I enjoy solving puzzles, understanding why individuals and organizations behave as they do, and using organized principles and mathematics to identify and solve problems. Solutions are not always simple or black and white, but ambiguity has never bothered me. In fact, I take it on as an intellectual challenge. As executive director of the undergraduate economics program, a primary goal of mine is to provide students with a robust curriculum, a healthy environment in which to learn inside and outside of the classroom, and access to opportunities to integrate their personal and professional identities. 

Prior to receiving my doctoral degree in political economy and economics (CMU), I worked as a research assistant and a research associate for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s General Economic Analysis Division (Geneva, Switzerland). While an undergraduate student studying mathematics in the U.S. (at CMU) and in Europe (at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland), I free-lanced as a translator and interpreter. I also translated for NASA and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's university press; interpreted at European international congresses; and facilitated for the international media, French secret security, and the Mitterand entourage during former French president Francois Mitterand's visit to Carnegie Mellon University. Since completing my Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon, I have taught at Dartmouth College and Carnegie Mellon.

I invite all of you, including those who are not considering economics as a major, to stop by my office and introduce yourself.


Kathleen Conway, Ed.S.

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I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, but spent several years living and working in Ohio. I earned a bachelor of science in business administration with concentrations in economics and psychology from Youngstown State University, a master of arts in economics from Youngstown State University, and an education specialist post-masters degree in higher education administration from Kent State University. I am currently working on my doctorate of education at the University of Pittsburgh with a focus on higher education management. My research centers on creating high impact, out-of-classroom experiences for undergraduate students that complement their academic coursework. Prior to returning to Pittsburgh to work at Carnegie Mellon, I worked as an adjunct economics faculty member, as a coordinator for tutoring and learning programs, and as a coordinator of first-year orientation programs at a variety of institutions of higher education. I am passionate about partnering with you to create a plan for achieving your academic, professional, and personal goals!

I love exploring Pittsburgh’s vibrant neighborhoods, running and biking, traveling, and cooking. My door is always open, and I’m happy to chat with you about any and all aspects of your academic journey!