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

Members of the President’s Advisory Task Force on COVID-19 spoke at at a virtual forum for faculty, researchers, and staff on August 26, 2020. Watch the video.


Fall term is just around the corner. Members of our community are ask to comply with a series of obligations as they rejoin life on campus. 

In response to regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education in May, Columbia has updated gender-based misconduct policies for students, faculty, and staff.

Temporary guidelines have been established to pay students who may be unable to return to campus from abroad due to COVID-19 related disruptions.  

I am writing to salute the overwhelming ratification of the agreement reached with Columbia Postdoctoral Workers (CPW-UAW).

With only some six weeks ahead of us before the fall term, we are writing to summarize how the University is acting to make Columbia as safe as possible with an increasing level of campus density.

Watch video from the Faculty Forum on Renewing the Campus on Tuesday, July 14. The event focused on facilities and public health issues and featured members of the President’s Advisory Task Force on COVID-19.


We are pleased to announce several new enhancements to the Faculty Diversity Initiative that will launch in the upcoming fall semester. 

Faculty are invited to a virtual panel with members of the President’s Advisory Task Force on COVID-19 on Tuesday, July 14.

The University has reached a tentative agreement with the representatives of Columbia Postdoctoral Workers (CPW-UAW).

Gradual ramping-up of on-campus laboratory and clinical research begins on Monday, June 22. This requires new actions by everyone on campus, including training, symptom self-check, and for those newly returning, COVID-19 testing.

Having moved through detailed planning by the Education Working Group and having been approved by the University Senate, the contours and character of the 2020-21 academic calendar now are set.

President Bollinger has set a target date for beginning the ramping up of laboratory and clinical research on campus: Monday, June 22.

Many are curious about what the decision to make flexible use of the Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 terms means for the University and their own situation. Deliberations are guided by questions and specifications from working groups that have begun to shape details regarding how Columbia will be renewed responsibly. 

The University has started active planning to expeditiously resume as many research operations as possible, and has thus adopted the Columbia Framework for Restarting Research. So doing, safety and health considerations will take precedence.