CMU appoints professor to head Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Carnegie Mellon University has named a new dean for its Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Richard Scheines, now a professor and head of CMU’s Department of Philosophy, will lead the college as of July 1. He has been a member of the university’s faculty since 1990.

Mr. Scheines’ research with the philosophy department has included studies on causal discovery and the effectiveness of educational technology. 

The Dietrich College is the second-largest at CMU, with about 1,300 graduate and undergraduate students. It consists of eight academic departments and four undergraduate degree programs. U.S. News & World Report has named its economics and psychology graduate degree programs among the top 25 in the country for 2014.

“I can’t imagine a more intellectually exciting place to work than Carnegie Mellon,” Mr. Scheines said in a prepared statement.

Clarece Polk: or 412-263-1889.

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