Appointments to Tenure
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. This evaluation is the culmination of a process of review involving multiple considerations of the nomination within the departments/divisions and schools. The purpose of the final review is to confirm that the earlier reviews were rigorous and substantive and that all candidates meet the same high standards, regardless of the school or department originating the nomination. By examining both the process by which candidates are nominated and their qualifications, the Provost’s Tenure Review Advisory Committee (TRAC), a 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 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 Principles and Customs Governing University-wide Tenure Reviews policy governs TRAC’s review of all tenure nominations with the exception of those originating in Barnard College. The procedures followed in evaluating candidates from Barnard College differ in some respects, as provided for in the inter-institutional agreement between the College and the University. Therefore, the process by which Barnard nominations are reviewed is described in a separate document, the Principles and Customs Governing University-wide Tenure Reviews for Barnard College.
- December 15th
- All internal candidate nominations are due in the OVPFA for review in the current academic year.
- February 1st
- All external candidate nominations are due in the OVPFA for review in the current academic year.
- April 1st
- List of potential candidates from each School who will be reviewed for tenure in the next academic year, along with the candidate’s CVs and field descriptions, are due in the OVPFA.
- May 15th
- Confirmations that referees were solicited for each candidate to be reviewed in the next academic year by the Schools, along with the list of top institutions, list of referees and list of comparable scholars are due in the OVPFA.
- May 15th
- If a tenure review of an external candidate, under review for tenure in the current academic year, cannot be held by May 15th, the nominating Dean or Executive Vice President will have to obtain a waiver of the AAUP’s deadline from candidate’s institution before the review can occur.
- May 31st
- Notices of nonrenewal for nontenured officers of instruction in their seventh or tenth counted year of service are due.
Pierre Force (Chair)
Professor of French and of History
Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business
Professor of Sociology
Professor of Neuroscience (in the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute)
Professor of Political Science
Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science
Cathy Lee Mendelsohn
Michael and Stella Chernow Professor of Urological Sciences (in Urology) and Pathology and Cell Biology and Genetics and Development (in the Institute of Human Nutrition)
Abhay Narayan Pasupathy
Professor of Physics
Professor of Population and Family Health and Pediatrics
Professor of French and Romance Philology; Paul Brooke Chair for Literature and Humanities
Professor of Psychology
Dorothy L. and Daniel H. Silberberg Professor of Medicine
Professor of Economics, Barnard College