Faculty Career Development

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



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Upcoming Faculty Career Development Sessions 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.


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

Funding Faculty Research: Meet and Greet with Foundation Funders
Are you interested in learning about the foundation philanthropic landscape and hearing directly from representatives from foundations that support academic research and programs? Dimitra Koutsantoni, senior director of university corporate and foundation relations, will lead a conversation with foundation leaders and faculty colleagues on foundations’ missions and funding priorities, decision-making processes, and ways they develop partnerships with higher education institutions and faculty. Faculty will also learn about Columbia's Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations and strategies for finding support for their research.

Funding Faculty Research: Columbia Development and Fundraising 101
How can faculty find philanthropic support for research? Please join OVPFA and leaders from University Development and Alumni Relations for an overview of Columbia's fundraising efforts. Paul Kennan, senior vice president, and Ryan Carmichael, vice president for University Development, and Dimitra Koutsantoni, senior director of university corporate and foundation relations, will provide a general roadmap of development and fundraising at Columbia and how faculty can best engage with potential donors.

Parenting and the Tenure Track
Being a parent comes with many joys and challenges. Parenting while navigating life on the tenure track (in New York City, no less) can be even more complicated. If you are a faculty parent (or a soon-to-be parent), join us for an informal panel to learn from the experiences of other faculty parents. Join colleagues from the Office of Work/Life and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement to share the aspects of parenting that are keeping you up at night (literally—or figuratively) and how our offices can support you. After the conversation, experts from these offices will be on hand to answer your individual questions.

Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Action: A Columbia Faculty Panel
Classrooms often serve as microcosms of larger society, and it is no surprise that instructors across Columbia, and higher education more broadly, have reimagined their own pedagogical approaches with a lens toward inclusivity, equity, and anti-racism. In partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning, join us in a discussion with Columbia faculty who are engaging with anti-racist pedagogies in their classes. During this 90-minute panel discussion, five instructors will share how they enact anti-racist pedagogies in their courses and then take questions from the audience.

Silencing Your Inner Critic
During this session led by executive coach Patricia Hayling-Price, learn practical strategies for dealing with Imposter syndrome, building confidence, and managing stress.

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. 

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.