Latha Venkataraman has been Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs since January 2019.
Venkataraman, a Professor of Applied Physics and of Chemistry, who joined the Columbia faculty in 2003, previously served on the University-wide Tenure Review Advisory Committee. As Vice Provost, she develops and implements the University’s policies governing the appointment of its academic officers, manages Columbia’s tenure review system, and authorizes leaves on behalf of the President. She serves as a resource for deans, chairs, the University Senate and other offices, and individual faculty on academic appointments and regulations.
As a scholar, Venkataraman focuses on developing and using novel instruments to make and study electronic circuits at the nanometer scale where the functional element is a single-molecule, a collection of a few atoms. Her research is highly interdisciplinary and she has received prominent awards including the National Science Foundation Career Award, Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, and the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Chemistry.