Provost Advisory Committees

The Provost's Advisory Council for the Enhancement of Faculty Diversity was established to attract, advance and retain a diverse faculty of outstanding female and underrepresented minority scholars who more closely reflect the composition of national pools of qualified candidates in their respective disciplines. 

Current Members of the Provost's Advisory Council for the Enhancement of Faculty Diversity

Walter Bockting, PhD
Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons; School of Nursing

Anke A. Ehrhardt, PhD
Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Nabila El-Bassel, PhD
School of Social Work

Ruben L. Gonzalez Jr., PhD
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Farah Jasmine Griffin, PhD
Department of English and Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Fredrick Harris, PhD
Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Kathryn Johnston, PhD
Department of Astronomy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Helen H. Lu, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science; College of Dental Medicine

Dennis A. Mitchell, DDS, MPH [chair]
Office of the Provost; Office of the Dean and Division of Community Health, College of Dental Medicine

Jorge Otero-Pailos, PhD
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Katherine W. Phillips, PhD
Columbia Business School

Elizabeth S. Scott, JD
Columbia Law School

Samuel K. Roberts, PhD
Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health; Director, Institute for Research in African-American Studies

Anne L. Taylor, MD
Office of the Dean and Department of Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Miguel Urquiola, PhD
School of International and Public Affairs

The Provost convened the Provost’s Faculty Committee on Educational Innovation (CEI), formerly Provost’s Faculty Advisory Committee on Online Learning (PFACOL), in early 2013 to help Columbia navigate the changing landscape of online education and play a key advisory role in shaping the University’s future strategy in online and digital learning.

Columbia employs a standing committee system to conduct a final University-wide evaluation whenever a school or department, including Barnard College but excepting the Faculty of Law and Teachers College, recommends a candidate for tenure. By examining both the process by which candidates are nominated and their qualifications, the standing committee seeks to ensure a University-wide consistency in the evaluation of nominations to tenure and thereby to promote the appointment of faculty of exceptional quality and distinction throughout the institution.

The standing committee–the Tenure Review Advisory Committee (TRAC)–serves in an advisory capacity to the provost, who determines whether the candidate should be recommended to the president and trustees for tenure. The University’s standing committee system of tenure review is administered on behalf of the provost by the vice provost for faculty affairs.