Faculty Career Development

These workshops, seminars, and resources focus on career success and promotion for faculty at all career stages.
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Faculty Development at Columbia

Hosting virtual and live sessions on topics related to faculty success and tenure.

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Offering free workshops through our institutional membership to The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. 

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Sharing resources from the Faculty Advancement Network, a 12-school consortium advancing diversity and inclusion in the professoriate.

Upcoming Sessions


Past Sessions

To learn more and watch the videos (where available), click the linked text below.


Senior Faculty Panel
This interactive session focused on helping faculty develop a strategy for negotiating and navigating the road to tenure. It featured a panel of senior tenured faculty at Columbia who will share their experiences and thoughts about the ways to prepare for every step of the tenure process. Our panelists were Jean Howard, PhD, George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities, Arts and Sciences, Gina Wingood ScD, MPH, Sidney and Helaine Lerner Professor of Public Health Promotion, Mailman School of Public Health, and Tian Zheng, Professor of Statistics and Department Chair, Arts and Sciences.

Understanding and Doing Antiracist Classroom Assessment
This workshop considers what antiracist assessment can be in university courses and how faculty from across disciplines from Humanities to STEM courses can meaningfully engage in it. Led by Asao B. Inoue (Arizona State University) he argues that classroom assessment is an ecology made up of seven interconnected elements which can provide a way to design and enact antiracist assessment practices in courses. There will be a Q&A period and a handout of resources.

Supporting Trainees in Your Unit
During this session, we will discuss best practices in mentoring with particular attention to historically underrepresented students and trainees in the academy. The panel discussion will include guidance on onboarding, mentoring, and training, and will highlight relevant portions of the Office of the Provost’s Guide to Best Practices in Faculty Mentoring and will share other helpful resources.

Building your Professional Brand
The shift from remote to in-person conferences and events offers faculty an additional impetus for establishing a unique and memorable professional brand. In this virtual session, led by executive coach Patricia Hayling Price, faculty participants will learn strategies for developing and leveraging their existing online presence to position themselves as thought leaders in an offline context.

Demystifying the Tenure Process
New to the tenure track? Latha Venkataraman, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, will lead a session to will help demystify the tenure process.This session will include an outline of the TRAC (Tenure Review Advisory Committee) review process, along with tips about CV format, publications, and strategic networking to cultivate a list of possible future referees.

LinkedIn Basics: Creating a Compelling Profile
As a follow up to last year’s popular Leveraging LinkedIn session, Acacia O’Connor, Director of Social Media, and Jen Leach, Associate Director for Faculty Advancement, will show examples of powerful LinkedIn profiles and walk faculty through the process of creating their own. 

Navigating the Path to Tenure: Recently Tenured Faculty Panel 
Our panel of recently tenured faculty at Columbia will share their experiences and offer strategies to guide you along the tenure process.

Leveraging Linkedin
Whether you have a LinkedIn profile, or if the thought of learning yet another social media platform inspires feelings of dread, this is the session for you. Faculty participants will learn strategies for using LinkedIn to network, to share (and publish) research, and to increase visibility in their chosen field (especially among potential promotion letter writers). 

Restoring Equilibrium in Times of Stress: Getting a GRIP on your MBTI Type 
Working from home and juggling family responsibilities amid the backdrop of COVID-19 and national political turmoil, faculty are experiencing unique and sustained stresses that impact their relationships. In this session, led by renowned executive coach Patricia Hayling Price, participants will explore their Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) type, gain insight into their individual triggers and unique stress “grip response,” and learn strategies to return to equilibrium. 

How to Be a Visible LGBTQ+ Ally 
This workshop provides guidance on ways to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and colleagues, and covers a range of topics including language, support services and resources. Participants will identify strategies to build solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community, and create an action plan to make their solidarity visible.

Lose your Fear of #AcademicTwitter
Twitter is a powerful platform that scholars can leverage to network, to share their work, and to find possible collaborators. During this period of physical distancing and virtual work, your online presence takes on a greater significance. How can faculty cut through the digital noise and establish an authoritative online presence? Our panel of faculty Twitter pro users will discuss the use of the platform to promote research, creative, and scholarly work, to stay engaged with academic communities, and to educate others.


*As a reminder, Columbia faculty may use the Back-Up Care Advantage Program, which provides care for anyone who relies on you when your usual arrangements are disrupted.