News and Announcements

Awards and Requests for Proposals

Nominations for the 2023 Presidential Awards for Outstanding Teaching

We invite you to nominate faculty and graduate student instructors for the annual Presidential Awards for Outstanding Teaching.

Provost's Announcements

The Office of the Provost invites proposals to create interdisciplinary courses co-taught by faculty at different schools.  

This announcement contains important information about the University’s international travel resources and policies.

Dr. Sonya Somerville will become the Head of School in July 2023 and brings to the role a passion for education and advocacy for students and teachers.

After years of dedicated service, Vice Provost Jeri Henry will be departing Columbia at the end of the year to take on a new role.

This new online tool, called the "Blue Folder"  is designed to give faculty and staff the tools to identify, address, and refer students in distress.

News from Faculty Advancement

The Writing Accountability Group offers faculty a virtual space—and peer support—to meet their writing goals. 

New Report Highlights Columbia's Faculty Advancement Activities and Achievements in 2021.

The Provost's Advisory Council for the Enhancement of Faculty Diversity, which advises the Provost on faculty initiatives, welcomed three new members this fall.

On October 7, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement hosted a Provost Diversity Fellows Panel and Welcome Reception.

New faculty from across Columbia attended a welcome reception hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement.

Announcements From Faculty Affairs

These templates should immediately replace the ones previously used for faculty and officers of research.

These ranges should be used in determining the salaries for officers of research throughout the University for the 2022-2023 academic year.

This enables an officer of research whose appointment is ending to set up an auto-reply with updated contact information.

This message offers clarification of policies in the March 2021 Untenured Faculty Pandemic Mitigation Policy. 

This revised paragraph must be included in all offer and reappointment letters for faculty, officers of research, and officers of the libraries.

All News

To ensure that the principles of Affirmative Action are maintained, effective immediately any hire that needs to be first approved by the Provost’s Hiring Freeze Committee must follow these two procedures.

You are invited to join one of two virtual town halls about COVID-19 vaccines and distribution. These forums will build on vaccine information shared earlier this week in campus announcements. 

The spring 2021 will look similar to the fall and nearly all classes will be remote during the first two weeks of the new term.


We write with information about Columbia's planning and policy for distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. A town hall about these topics will include information regarding vaccines.

We write to share an update on the University’s financial picture and report on our early planning for the year ahead.

Lee C. Bollinger announced that Mary C. Boyce, Dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, will become the next Provost of the University on July 1, 2021, succeeding Interim Provost Ira Katznelson, who has ably served since September 2019.

In response to rising COVID-19 rates in New York, Columbia has reduced the size of non-academic gatherings and initiated travel-related “departure” SARS-CoV-2 testing. The University has also appointed a vaccine task force.

As COVID-19 becomes more pervasive, we urge you to redouble efforts to help prevent the spread of the virus.


Please join members of the President’s Advisory Task Force on COVID-19 for a virtual forum for faculty and employees.

In this time of heightened stress, students confront significant challenges. We offer suggestions, drawn from the insights of the University’s mental health working group, and highlight resources you can call on to support students.

This July, faculty and administrators participated in the Mini-Institute on Addressing Anti-Black Racism entitled, “Moving beyond Symbols and Performance: A Radical Reimagining of Antiracist Selves and Institutions.” Augustin Chaintreau, Associate Professor of Computer Science, was a participant in the summer pilot, and reflects on his experience.

We write with significant updates about the month ahead of us, addressing travel, quarantine, and campus safety at a time of year when many traditionally visit loved ones.  

We are writing to report on current circumstances and to preview the planning process that has begun for the spring term.

The Office of the Provost’s Addressing Racism initiative includes seed grant funding, a book club, and other events to help the community engage with issues of racism.

"Although brainstorming clearly has some benefits, how does it really get used as a part of a solution? I want to mechanically understand all the pieces."