New RFP for Cross-Disciplinary Frontiers Courses

The Office of the Provost invites proposals to create interdisciplinary courses co-taught by faculty at different schools.  

December 20, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

Columbia’s excellence spans 17 schools, and some of the University’s most vital scholarship emerges when members of different schools and disciplines come together to explore questions and challenges from multiple perspectives. 

To encourage cross-pollination in the classroom, we invite proposals to create flagship Columbia Cross-Disciplinary Frontiers Courses, co-taught by faculty at different schools.  

This initiative aims to provide faculty with opportunities to expand the reach of their teaching beyond their own school and department, and advances the frontiers of Columbia’s educational offerings by supporting the creation of cross-disciplinary courses that count toward the degree programs for students at two different schools. It responds to the interests of students in enriching their knowledge through courses addressing scholarship at the boundaries of  distinct fields, and where they can learn alongside students from other disciplines.

Proposals selected for awards will receive up to $75,000 per year for two years.

The Office of the Provost will support the development of four courses starting in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 in this initial RFP:   

  • Three graduate-level courses co-taught by a pair of faculty from different graduate or professional schools 
  • One undergraduate course co-taught by one Arts and Sciences faculty member and one Columbia Engineering faculty member.

You can access and complete the RFP onlineThe deadline for submissions is March 1, 2023.

It is my priority to offer faculty more opportunities to work across disciplines and propel Columbia’s interdisciplinary excellence, and this pilot initiative is one of the many ways the Office of the Provost plans to do so.


Mary C. Boyce
Professor of Mechanical Engineering