Joseph McCarthy, vice provost of undergraduate degrees, has been named interim dean of the University Honors College (UHC).
McCarthy has worked with University Honors College in the past, worked with UHC leadership to migrate the college to the current membership model, and created the Honors Distinction, which makes Honors College accessible to all Pitt students. He will now work with Assistant Dean David Hornyak to advance the college’s advances as the search for its next dean continues.
“I sincerely appreciate Joe’s willingness to take on this additional and crucial role for the coming months. He’s an excellent teacher, mentor, scientist and administrator and my right-hand man for undergraduate academic matters, “said Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Ann E. Cudd.
As Vice Provost, McCarthy directs Undergraduate Studies, which focuses on enhancing the academic experience of students in all five locations of the university. This includes developing and facilitating programs to improve student satisfaction and retention, student success, and the overall learning environment.
McCarthy has been a faculty member since 1998 and is Professor of William Kepler Whiteford in the Swanson School’s Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. In 2008, he received the Carnegie Science University Educator Award for developing and implementing the innovative Pillars curriculum that redesigned basic education in chemical engineering. In 2012, Swanson School recognized his contributions with the Outstanding Educator Award, and in 2015 McCarthy received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.