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

A set of University working groups and a CUIMC Task Force have been appointed to think through how the University will proceed as we slowly move past the COVID-19 peak.

"I want to create a culture around what's called contextual design, really learning from this community ... and matching what we do to what they need."

In light of COVID-19, the University has had to evaluate its economic choices. For now, we have taken a series of initial steps. The most notable, and painful, include an academic and administrative hiring freeze with only rare exceptions.

"I want to understand why financial institutions are the way they are and try to figure out how to improve them." 


After thinning out the campus and ramping down research, the Provost shares, in broad outline, information about how the University is trying to maintain its balance and stability.

As the University responds to COVID-19 by working to reduce on-campus populations, it is imperative to rapidly ramp down most of our on-site, in-person research activities. 

In light of public health circumstances, libraries are closed until further notice. Colleagues are working diligently to support teaching, scholarship, and research throughout current interruptions. 

In light of the transition to a virtual learning environment, this announcement to faculty offers guidance on teaching, class arrangements, and related issues. 

Students in countries designated as CDC COVID-19 Risk Levels 1, 2 or 3, should return to their permanent residence (or a safer location). Students on study abroad programs in countries with a rising number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases should seriously consider returning home.

Columbia affiliates are strongly urged to postpone non-essential international travel. For students, all upcoming international travel that is organized, led, or financed by Columbia is suspended until further notice. 

Undertaking evidence-informed procedures, the University has restricted travel to South Korea, in addition to China. However, it has not made changes to classes, activities, operations, and events on our New York campuses.

Columbia faculty are invited to apply for the Provost’s Teaching & Learning Grants. These grants help integrate new technology and educational approaches into classrooms and develop interdisciplinary courses.  

As the situation related to the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus continues to develop, the ability of some students to participate in academic activities may be affected.

Columbia continues to monitor information regarding the coronavirus outbreak. This message includes very important, time-sensitive information for members of the University community. 

Columbia is monitoring information and expert recommendations regarding the outbreak of a 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first detected in Wuhan, China.