Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Promotion and Tenure Committee

The Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences depends on a standing committee to conduct an Arts and Sciences level evaluation whenever a department or school recommends a candidate for tenure. The purpose of this evaluation is to assess whether the department or school level review was rigorous and substantive and to ensure that all Arts and Sciences candidates meet the same high standards. In this way, a faculty of the highest quality and distinction will be maintained.

The standing committee – the Promotion and Tenure Committee (PTC) – serves in an advisory capacity to the Executive Vice President who determines whether or not the candidate should be recommended to the Provost for tenure. The Arts and Sciences standing committee is administered on behalf of the Executive Vice President by the Divisional Dean of Humanities.

The PTC consists of 12 full professors in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, representing the three divisions, who serve for three year terms. The PTC members are appointed by the Executive Vice President in consultation with the Planning and Policy Committee (PPC). The chair of the PTC is appointed by the Executive Vice President in consultation with the PTC.



Social Sciences

Matt Jones

James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization

Bentley MacLeod

Sami Mnaymneh Professor of Economics and Professor of International and Public Affairs

Brinkley Messick

Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies


Victoria Murillo

Professor of Political Science and of International and Public Affairs


Nicholas Dames (Chair)

Theodore Kahan Professor of Humanities

Walter Frisch (Fall only)

H. Harold Gumm/Harry and Albert Von Tilzer Professor of Music

Robert Harrist

Jane and Leopold Swergold Professor of Chinese Art History


Patricia Kitcher

Roberta and William Campbell Professor of the Humanities

John Ma

Professor of Classics

Graciela Montaldo

Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures


Natural Sciences

Goran Ekstrom

Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Lam Hui

Professor of Physics

Molly Przeworski

Professor of Biological Sciences

David Reichman

Centennial Professor of Chemistry



A&S Tenure Review Guidelines

The tenure review guidelines can be downloaded here


Provost's Office Tenure Review Guidelines

The tenure review guidelines can be downloaded  here