Target of Opportunity Recruitments

NOTE: The Summer 2022 request for proposals may be found below. The next application deadline will be in Fall 2022. 

Introduction

The Office of the Provost is pleased to provide this announcement of funding support for faculty recruitments from groups underrepresented in the professoriate. This program is designed to support Schools’ diversity plans, and to assist the University in meeting placement goals established in its affirmative action programs, by advancing the recruitment of outstanding scholars from historically underrepresented groups in disciplines where their availability exceeds their representation on our faculty. 

Our goal is that the composition of our tenured and tenure-track faculty more closely reflects the national pool of qualified candidates. Please note that the program is not intended to increase the size of the faculty above the current plans of your School. Rather, the goal is to accelerate the recruitment of faculty from underrepresented groups.

Target-of-Opportunity Recruitments

While Departments/Schools will normally use the procedures described in their Standard Search and Evaluation Procedures to recruit faculty members, a hiring unit may seek a waiver from these procedures for some types of recruitments. If the candidate in question is an outstanding scholar from an historically underrepresented group, whose successful recruitment would bring the composition of the unit's faculty into closer alignment with the composition of the national pool of qualified candidates, then the unit may apply for a waiver, and also seek funds from the Office of the Provost. 

Eligibility

The Office of the Provost will consider providing support for such candidates who are identified as top candidates for full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty positions. Candidates must belong to a group that is eligible for funding support.

Application Process

The application deadline is Thursday, July 14, 2022. The next application deadline will be in Fall 2022.

Given the limited amount of Office of the Provost funding, Schools are strongly encouraged to develop a process for determining which funding requests will be prioritized and put forward. Departments requesting support should coordinate closely with their Deans. Funding requests must be submitted with the support and sign-off by the School’s Dean. Please note that applications for funding support must be submitted and reviewed before an offer has been made to the candidate.

If your primary appointment is at CUIMC, please direct your inquiries to Mandy Lin at [email protected].

Scope of Commitments

The Office of the Provost’s financial commitment is limited to three years. After that, 100% of the costs will be borne by the School and Departments, with the funds coming from faculty retirements or departures, or the planned growth of faculty. Funds will be dispensed in annual payments over three years. No lump sum payments will be made.

  • Lab-based faculty: The lesser of up to $250K/year/3 years or 50% of offer/year/3 years for a successful application.
  • Non lab-based faculty: The lesser of up to $125K/year/3 years or 50% of offer/year/3 years for a successful application.

All Morningside Schools/Departments authorized for Target-of-Opportunity funding will be eligible to apply for supplemental matching funds to support the candidate’s housing, childcare and/or schooling needs. Additional information will be provided in the Target-of-Opportunity award letter.

Schools and Departments are responsible for covering the remainder of costs not provided by the Office of the Provost. 

Note: Office of the Provost funds cannot be used for capital expenditures.

Funding Application Requirements

The Office of the Provost will only consider providing support for candidates being recruited as full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members. Funding application packages must include:

  • Department/School details and all necessary signatures
  • Proposal, up to 5 pages, from the Dean (and Department Chair, if applicable) that includes the following:
    • Qualifications, accomplishments, future promise of the candidate, and whether the candidate would be recruited to a tenured or tenure-track position
    • Candidate’s potential to contribute to the diversity goals of the Department/School
    • The potential of the recruitment to cause the composition of the Department/School to more closely reflect the national pool of qualified candidates
    • Process by which the candidate was selected
    • Mentoring and support efforts the hiring unit will undertake to support the professional career development of the candidate. In the case of senior candidates, provide a statement of the steps that will be taken to facilitate a successful transition into the hiring unit
  • Separate statement of overall progress that the School has made in achieving its diversity goals and how this application will advance the School’s plan
  • Budget projection and narrative. We recognize that the proposed budget is based on your estimate of what it will cost to recruit the candidate. The actual budget, and Office of the Provost award, will be based on the accepted offer letter.
  • Candidate’s curriculum vitae

Please note that current postdocs at Columbia are eligible under this RFP. Resources to recruit postdoctoral scholars from underrepresented groups are available through the Office of the Provost Inclusive Faculty Pathways initiative. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Submission Details

The entire application must be submitted via the online submission form. If you need to share the application-in-progress with others in your academic unit, please follow these steps:

  1. Open the application
  2. Click “Save” at the bottom of the page
  3. Select “Get shareable link”
  4. Paste and email the link to yourself and the corresponding colleague(s)

Review Process and Selection Criteria

A committee appointed by the Provost will review the applications and will make recommendations to the Provost. 

The School’s progress in achieving its three-year diversity objectives is an important element in evaluating applications. Attention will be given to supporting Schools/Departments where the need to enhance diversity is most acute.  Priority consideration will be given to Schools/Departments that utilize a cluster hiring mechanism to notably contribute to the diversity goals of the School.  Requests will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • The scholarly excellence of the candidate
  • The candidate’s potential to contribute to the diversity goals of the Department/School
  • The potential of the recruitment to cause the composition of the Department/School to more closely reflect the national pool of qualified candidates
  • The mentoring and support efforts the hiring unit will undertake to support the professional career development of the candidate. In the case of senior candidates, the steps that will be taken to facilitate a successful transition into the hiring unit
  • The School’s progress in achieving its diversity goals

Submission and Timeline

Please submit complete applications via the online submission form.

Application deadline: Thursday, July 14, 2022 (notification will occur by mid-August)

The Office of the Provost will work closely with Schools/Departments to support successful recruitments. The Office of the Provost and the School/Department approved for funding support will identify a mutually agreeable time by which a letter of acceptance will be received from the candidate. If an acceptance letter is not received by that time, the Office of the Provost commitment will be re-evaluated.

Contacts

Dennis A. Mitchell, DDS, MPH
Executive Vice President for University Life
Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
[email protected]
212-854-7161

Iessa J. Sutton, MA
Assistant Provost for Faculty Diversity & Inclusion
[email protected] 
212-851-2709

Kristen Barnes, MA
Associate Director for Faculty Diversity & Inclusion
[email protected]
212-854-0336

If you have any questions during the submission period, please contact our office at [email protected].