Carolina Acero

  • Executive Assistant to the Dean

Carolina has been part of the Pitt family since 2016, and she’s had a rich and diverse 20-year career. As an educator, she focused on learners at beginner to higher-intermediate proficiency levels. She’s interested in teaching as coaching in function-based, skills-based, and content-based curricula, learning strategies, and autonomous learning. As a student, she participated in the Summer Institutes program at the Center for Advanced Research in Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota.

As an administrator, she has 9 years of experience assisting senior management in educational settings and other industries in Pittsburgh and in her home country of Colombia. She was the coordinator of bilingual education for the Secretary of Education in a state in the coffee region of Colombia, where she was engaged with the community, serving on several committees and boards. During her tenure at the Secretariat, she worked alongside communities from 54 schools, government officials, and leaders of private and non-profit organizations. She planned and coordinated the academic agenda of the First National Conference of Bilingual Education in Colombia, led by the state board of bilingual education. The Colombian Ministry of National Education invited the Secretariat to share the administrative and academic strengths of the state program in national and regional events.

As Dean Primack’s Executive Assistant, Carolina helps manage his busy calendar of events, interviews, meetings, trips, and other activities. She’s also a liaison between faculty, staff, students, and external audiences in a variety of organizations. Before this, she was a student and administrative coordinator of Pitt’s Division of Medicine.

Carolina believes life is more enjoyable when you’re learning something new. She volunteers for organizations that serve the Latinix and Latin American communities in Pittsburgh. She also loves all forms of art, and she’s always curious about nature, cultures, and peoples’ beliefs around religion, diversity, and status. She has 2 children she adores, and 2 cats that warm her heart. 

Education & Training

  • BA (Philology and Languages, with concentrations in English language teaching and English-Spanish translation), Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Certificate (Project Management for Community Development)