In July 2019, Jen Leach joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement as Assistant Director for Faculty Advancement. In her role, she focuses on the expansion of the faculty development program, deepening community-building efforts, and strengthening communications efforts.
Prior to this role, Jen worked in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where she was responsible for the processes for faculty promotion and tenure as well as managing faculty mentorship programs. Before joining Columbia, Jen served as an HR manager at a digital publishing startup and had a ten-year career teaching secondary English in New York and San Diego.
Jen received her bachelor’s degree in individualized study from NYU’s Gallatin School and her master’s degree in English education from Teachers College. She recently completed her master’s degree in Narrative Medicine at Columbia, where her research focused on the connection between illness, identity, and work, and how a narrative approach to career coaching could benefit those living with chronic health conditions. Jen also studied the potential of graphic medicine, using comics in a medical context, to help patients reclaim once-silenced narratives.