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Patrick Mullen is Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity in the University of Pittsburgh’s Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.  He holds an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University in New York City and a bachelor’s degree in history and English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught writing at the City College of New York, the University of Pittsburgh and elsewhere. A former assistant director of the Dietrich School’s Academic Advising Center, he is the recipient of a 2011 National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Administrators’ Institute Award. He has been a featured speaker at the Ruffalo Noel Levitz National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing and Retention, where, in 2012, his presentation “Beyond Science” discussed how to create interdisciplinary communities of undergraduate scholars from the STEM fields, the fine arts, the humanities and the social sciences. This summer he will be a featured presenter at the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) 2016 Biennial Conference. A Pittsburgh resident, he is passionate about the exchange of ideas in interdisciplinary settings.

His keynote address is titled “Inquiries & Intersections: Constructing a Collective Compass.”