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.

The Provost's Advisory Committee on the Libraries is the structural mechanism by which ongoing collaboration between the Libraries, the faculty, and the Provost occurs.  It was established by then-Provost Jonathan Cole in 1997 but it had not met in recent years.  In the 2015 academic year, the Committee was reinstated by Provost John Coatsworth following the recommendations of an external and internal review of the University Libraries.  

Members of the Provost's Advisory Committee on the Libraries serve the University by "reviewing the current state of the Libraries; reviewing proposed actions needed to be taken to improve upon the current situation; helping to formulate policy related to libraries and academic information systems; discussing the types of investments the University should make; and acting as a communications conduit between the Libraries and the academic units that it serves."

The Provost relies on the Committee to provide faculty input and guidance to ensure that the Libraries are as responsive as possible to the needs and aspirations of Columbia's schools and departments and their faculties.  The Provost meets with the Committee each academic year to review its recommendations.

2018-2019 Members

Jonathan Amiel
Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Francesco de Angelis
Professor, Art History and Archaeology, and Chair, Classical Studies Graduate Program

Gergely Baics
Associate Professor of History and BPH Endowed Faculty Chair of Urban Studies, Barnard College

Elazar Barkan
Professor of International and Public Affairs; Director, Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Elizabeth Blackmar [Chair of PACL]
Professor of History

Jean-Marie Bruzzese
Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology, School of Nursing

Tom DiPrete
Giddings Professor of Sociology; Director, Institute of Social And Economic Research and Policy

Andrew Dolkart
Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Brent Hayes Edwards {Chair, Collections Subcommittee]
Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Gil Eyal
Professor of Sociology

Maureen George
Associate Professor of Nursing at the Columbia University Medical Center

Carol Gluck
George Sansom Professor of History and Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Jean Howard
George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities

Joe Howley
Associate Professor of Classics

Matt Jones
James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization

Soulaymane Kachani
Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning; Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research; Senior Vice Dean- Academic Programs, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Laura Kaufman [Chair of Research Subcommittee]
Professor of Chemistry

Laura Kurgan
Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Director of the Visual Studies Sequence in the Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Ioannis Kymissis
Professor of Electrical Engineering; Co-Director, Maker Space Facility, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Reinhold Martin
Prof of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture; Director of the History Theory Sequence in the Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Director of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities

Susan McGregor
Assistant Professor of Journalism; Assistant Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism

Wayne Proudfoot
Professor of Religion

Michael Riordan
Laurans A. and Arlene Mendelson Professor of Economics

Victoria Rosner
Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of General Studies; Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Zoë Strother
Riggio Professor of African Art

Andie Tucher
Professor of Journalism; Director, Communications Ph.D. Program, School of Journalism

Betsy West
Fred W. Friendly Professor of Professional Practice in Media and Society, School of Journalism

Assaf Zeevi
Kravis Professor of Business, Columbia Business School

Tian Zheng
Professor of Statistics; Associate Director for Education, Data Science Institute

The Interdisciplinary Working Group (IDWG) was convened by Provost John Coatsworth in 2017 and meets regularly to determine practical ways to tackle the difficulties of interdisciplinary research and education at Columbia.

John H. Coatsworth
Provost

Melissa Begg
Vice Provost for Academic Programs

Matthew Connelly
Co-Director, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

Patricia J. Culligan
Associate Director, Data Science Institute

Thomas DiPrete
Co-Director, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

Carol Gluck
Chair, Committee on Global Thought

Carol Mason
Chair of Interschool Planning, Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute

Justin Pearlman
Vice Provost for Communications and Engagement

Muredach Reilly
Director, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

H. Blair Simpson
Vice Chair of Research, Department of Psychiatry

Pamela H. Smith
Director, Center for Science and Society

Susan V. Smith
Associate Provost for Academic Programs

Debra J. Wolgemuth
Associate Director for Research, Institute of Human Nutrition