Vice Provost Offices and Other Reporting Units

To find a member of the Office of the Provost by name, visit the directory.

Vice Provost Offices

The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs is responsible for overseeing University academic programs, monitoring educational partnerships with U.S. and foreign universities and organizations, managing University accreditation, advancing interdisciplinary programs within schools and departments, administering Presidential Teaching Awards for faculty and graduate students, and facilitating inter-school fellowships for graduate students.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Communications and Engagement offers strategic and editorial support to a wide variety of provostial communications. The Vice Provost also manages the executive support team for the Provost. 

EOAA develops and implements the University's nondiscrimination and affirmative action policies, procedures, and programs; investigates complaints of discrimination and harassment; and publishes the University's Affirmative Action Plan.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement collaborates with University partners to promote a climate of inclusive excellence. They offer faculty development, diversity, planning and community-building initiatives that help current and future faculty thrive.

The Office of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs ensures the continued excellence of Columbia's faculty and academic community by administering University policies governing academic appointments, tenure review, and faculty service, and to identifying and exploring issues of importance to the University.

The Office of the Vice Provost for the Fourth Provost and Strategic Impact is working to develop infrastructure and partnerships to help Columbia leverage knowledge and research to create real-world impact and to serve the public good.

This work, which Columbia University considers its Fourth Purpose – complementing research, education, and public service – is highly interdisciplinary and requires collaboration with a range of entities, which this office will help build by building connections, dismantling barriers to partnership, and enhancing opportunities for experiential learning. 

The Office of the Senior Vice Provost supports the Office of the Provost’s mission to recruit and retain the most outstanding faculty members by supporting the administration and operation of many aspects of the University: space planning, faculty housing, travel planning and emergency protocols, child care and K-12 schooling, human resources, and financial management, among other areas.

Reporting to the Vice Provost and University Librarian, the University Libraries supports research and teaching through its 23 libraries and extensive print and electronic collections. University Libraries also houses the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, and the Copyright Advisory Office.

In addition to the Offices of the Vice Provosts, the other units report to the Provost.

Other Reporting Units

Created in 2002, Alliance is an innovative academic joint-venture between Columbia University and three major French institutions: École PolytechniqueSciences Po, and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

Columbia University Press seeks to enhance Columbia’s educational and research mission by publishing outstanding original works by scholars and other intellectuals that contribute to an understanding of global human concerns. The Press also reflects the importance of its location in New York City in its publishing programs. Through book, reference, electronic publishing, and distribution services, it broadens the University’s international reputation.

The Office of Faculty Retirement supports Columbia faculty by providing information about retirement planning, transitioning to retirement, and a meaningful and productive post-retirement experience.

The International Students and Scholars Office assists international students and scholars with visas and other immigration questions and with making the transition to the University's academic and cultural environment.

The Italian Academy promotes research in Italian history and society, exhibits Italian culture and art, and fosters exchange between Italy and the United States.

The Office of Planning and Institutional Research provides information for managing the University and making decisions about its policies and goals.

The Office of Work/Life promotes the development and utilization of Columbia's family-supportive benefits, policies, services, and programs. Work/Life is part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement.

The School offers a rigorous education from kindergarten through eighth grade for children of Columbia families and the nearby community.

Founded by Columbia professors in the 1930s, Tompkins Hall supports children's growth starting at 3 months of age until 5 years of age.

The Office of the University Chaplain ministers to the individual faith of the members of the University community while promoting inter-religious understanding.

The University Seminars at Columbia University brings together professors and other experts, from Columbia and elsewhere, who gather on an ongoing basis to consider issues of practical and theoretical importance that cross the boundaries of academic departments.