Jennifer L. Leach

In July 2019, Jennifer joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement as Assistant Director for Faculty Advancement. She will focus on the expansion of our faculty development program, deepening our community building efforts and strengthening our communications efforts.   

Prior to this role, Jen worked in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University 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 B.A. in individualized study from NYU’s Gallatin School and her M.A. in English education from Teachers College. She recently completed her M.S. 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.