Office of the Senior Vice Provost

What We Do

The Office of the Senior Vice Provost advances the Office of the Provost’s mission by propelling excellence in teaching and learning, promoting global engagement, and supporting administration and planning.

Teaching, Learning, and Innovation

Oversees the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation (OTLI), the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the annual Provost’s Teaching and Learning RFPs, the Provost’s Conversations on Online Learning series (PCoOL), and the Science of Learning Research (SOLER) Initiative.


Columbia University’s online platform to engage alumni and learners from around the world through non-degree non-credit courses, events (live-streamed and recorded), and podcasts. Columbia+ also provides guidance, resources, and services to schools to leverage online technologies, and brings executive education opportunities to schools, and facilitates collaborations to meet needs of corporations and governments.

Global Academic Partnerships

Promote international engagement that enriches teaching, research, and learning through developing and supporting global partnerships. Oversees the Alliance Program and The Italian Academy.

International Students and Scholars

ISSO also supports the academic and professional success of all Columbia’s international students, by offering professional development and student life programming to help international students make the most of their time at Columbia.

Emergency and International Travel Services

Directs protocols for supporting affiliates in the instance of domestic and international emergencies. In partnership with Global Travel, provides pre-travel and operational support to enable Columbia students, scholars, faculty and staff to focus on their teaching, research, and learning abroad.

Administration, Planning, and Financial Management

Manages the Provost’s Office budget and financial commitments. Oversees important areas of academic planning including space planning and policy development. Provides Human Resources support for Provost's Office employees, and operational support to the University Senate

Faculty Housing

Advances the Office of the Provost's mission to recruit and retain excellent faculty through the administration of the University's faculty housing policy and oversight of programs that support faculty members' external housing needs.

Pre-K and K-12 Schooling

Manages key relationships related to early childhood through 12th grade schooling, including oversight of The School at Columbia University and Tompkins Hall Nursery and Childcare Center and liasing with NYC Department of Education's Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, and Engineering. For other child care and schooling matters, please visit the Office of Work/Life.

Columbia University Press

Columbia University Press advances knowledge about our world through essential writing and research focusing on the global, the urban, and the contemporary. For more than 125 years, their widely reviewed and award-winning books have brought new ideas and foundational understanding to students, academics across different disciplines, policy makers, and general readers around the world.

Student and Postdoctoral/ARS Employees

In partnership with Labor and Employee Relations, manages relationships with the student and postdoctoral/associate research scientist unions, advances initiatives to ensure the strength and quality of relations with unionized academic employees, and provides guidance to the University, schools and department on labor and employee relations issues, dispute resolution, and bargaining agreement interpretation.


Soulaymane Kachani

Senior Vice Provost and Professor
[email protected]
(212) 854-1804

Jane Acton

Director of Faculty and Scholar Services
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(212) 854-6356

Abdibasid Ali

Administrative Coordinator, Alliance
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(646) 745-8545

David Austell

Special Adviser to the International Students and Scholars Office
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(212) 854-6263

Michelle Baggan-Bacchus

Director of Finance and Administration
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(212) 854-5632

Steven H. Blomgren

Senior Director of Business Development and Corporate Partnerships
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(212) 851-7696

Andys M. Brito

Associate Director of Human Resources
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(212) 854-5149

Adam S. Brown

Program Director, Science of LEarning Research (SOLER) Initiative
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Ben Canning-Pereira

Assistant Director for Communications, ISSO
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(212) 853-0618

Sarah Carswell

Executive Assistant, CTL
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(212) 851-7298

Ellen Cohen

Associate Director for Communications
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(212) 854-4297

Jennifer Crewe

Associate Provost and Director, Columbia University Press
[email protected]
(646) 741-4292

Jessica Fertinel

Administrative Manager
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(212) 854-0362

Amanda Irvin

Senior Director of Faculty Programs and Services, CTL
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(212) 853-0654

Alice Herrera

Assistant Director, Tompkins Hall Nursery and Childcare Center

Sarah Jubinski

Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives
[email protected] 
(212) 854-3843

Emmanuel Kattan

Director, Alliance Program
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(646) 745-8592

Samantha Lu

Director for International Student Services
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(212) 854-3951

Carrie Marlin

Senior Associate Provost for Administration and Planning
[email protected]
(212) 854-0218

Mauricio Matiz

Senior Director, CTL
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(212) 854-2665

Kathleen McVeigh

Director, International Affairs, ISSO
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(212) 305-8165

Tshaye Meaza

Associate Director of Finance
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(212) 854-9581

Linda Mischel Eisner

Executive Director
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(212) 854-9557

Laura Nicholas

Communications and Outreach Manager, CTL
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(212) 854-7783

Yajaira Nieves

Associate Director for Finance, Human Resources, and Operations
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(212) 854 - 3503

Merrell Norden

Director of Online Education
[email protected]
(212) 854-2180

Mark L. Phillipson

Director of Graduate Student Programs and Services
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(212) 854-0210

Maria Reynoso

Interim Director, International Students and Scholars Office
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(212) 854-6357

Catherine Ross

Executive Director, CTL
[email protected]
(212) 853-0674

Aida A. Sarr

Senior Finance and Operations Manager, Alliance
[email protected]
(646) 745-8547

Jorinda E. Silverstein

Director, Tompkins Hall Nursery and Childcare Center
(212) 854-8950


Sandesh Tuladhar

Associate Provost for Online Education
[email protected]
(212) 851-7696

Contact Us

405 Low Library
535 West 116th Street, MC 4343 
New York, NY 10027 

(212) 854-0362