Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Educational Policy and Planning Committee

The Educational Policy and Planning Committee (EPPC) coordinates educational policy across the schools that make up Arts & Sciences. Each semester, the EPPC sets its agenda in consultation with the Executive Committee of the Arts & Sciences, and summarizes the results of its deliberations to the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. The EPPC is advisory to the Executive Committee and also collaborates closely with the Policy and Planning Committee (PPC).

The EPPC has the following members: the EVPAS; the Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education; the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Vice President for Graduate Education; the Chair of the Committee on the Core (or his or her designee); the Chair of the Committee on the Global Core (or his or her designee); the Chair of the Committee on Science Instruction (or his or her designee); three faculty members appointed by PPC, including at least one member of PPC who acts as liaison between PPC and EPPC, and three additional members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, one from each division, appointed by the Executive Committee. The EVPAS shall appoint the chair of EPPC. The Deans of the School of General Studies, the School of the Arts, and the School of Professional Studies will be ex officio members of EPPC. The EPPC will coordinate with the Chair of the Committee on Instruction of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as appropriate. Three students members representing GSAS, CC and GS will be selected by the respective schools from a slate of candidates nominated by the respective student councils.

For more information, please see the Spring 2012 Founding Memo

 

Members of the Committee for 2017-2018

Educational Policy and Planning Committee (EPPC)

 Committee Chair:

      Moody-Adams, Michele, Professor of Philosophymoody-adams@columbia.edu  

Committee Members (in alphabetical order):

Ahmed, Manan, Assistant Professor of History

ma3179@columbia.edu

Alonso, Carlos, Vice President for Graduate Education, Dean of GSAS,
Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures

ca2201@columbia.edu

Awn, Peter, Dean of General Studies, Professor of Religion

pja3@columbia.edu

Bernofsky, Susan, Associate Professor of Writing, School of the Arts

sb3270@columbia.edu

Boughner, Zachary, CC Student Representative

ztb2003@columbia.edu 

       Cacciuto, Angelo, Associate Professor of Chemistry

ac2822@columbia.edu

Crawford, Julie, Chair Committee on the Core, Professor of English and Comparative Literature

jc830@columbia.edu

       Dobie, Madeleine, Professor of French and Romance Philology

mld2027@columbia.edu

Grieve, Patricia, Chair Committee on Global Core, Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures

peg1@columbia.edu

Griffin, Kevin, Chair Committee on Science Instruction, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

griff@ldeo.columbia.edu

Helfand, David, PPC Representative, Professor of Astronomy

djh@astro.columbia.edu

      Kahl, Lisa Juliane, GSAS Student Representative

ljk2137@columbia.edu
 
      Madigan, David, Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences, Dean
      of the Faculty, Professor of Statistics
 
david.madigan@columbia.edu

Morrison, Barclay, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Vice Dean of Undergraduate Programs, SEAS

bm2119@columbia.edu

O’Halloran, Sharyn, Senior Vice Dean and Chief Academic Officer, School of Professional Studies, Professor of International Affairs and Political Science

so33@columbia.edu

Valentini, James, Vice President for Undergraduate Education, Dean of Columbia College, Professor of Chemistry

jjv1@columbia.edu

Wawro, Gregory, PPC Representative, Professor of Political Science

gjw10@columbia.edu

Whitford, Joshua, PPC Representative, Associate Professor of Sociolog

jw2212@columbia.edu

GS Student Representative – TBA

PPC Attendance - TBA

 

Ex Officio

Hollibaugh, Lisa, Dean of Academic Planning and Administration, Columbia College

lkh5@columbia.edu

Razaghian, Rose, Associate Vice President for Planning, Analysis and Curricular Coordination, Arts and Sciences

rr222@columbia.edu

       Rosner, Victoria, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies

vpr4@columbia.edu

Solomon, Andrea, Vice Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs, GSAS

asolomon@columbia.edu

 

 

Working Groups

Task Force on Global Education in the Arts and Sciences

The EPPC Task Force on Global Education in the Arts and Sciences has reviewed a range of issues around the global strategy of the University with specific reference to teaching abroad and study abroad programs. The report that follows providing the findings of the committee on the questions of;  What are we trying to accomplish for our students—undergraduate and graduate alike? For faculty, in work we do here on campus and work we do elsewhere in the world that falls under the category of ‘global,’ what are our over-arching goals? What resources and structures do we need to do to accomplish those goals?  We also need to consider sustainability questions and also develop sound economic models for our global activities.

Subcommittee on Innovative Practices in Teaching and Learning

The subcommittee takes as its remit the critical examination of research in teaching and learning, a survey of current practices in light of the best research, and the formulation of recommendations and preparation of resources for Arts and Sciences faculty who wish to take advantage of them. The Committee plans to consider a number of critical issues, including grading policy and its effect on student learning, criteria for the appointment of instructors, and novel pedagogical approaches such as blended classrooms and student-centered, project-based methods that have been shown to stimulate deep and long-lasting learning. The subcommittee will examine evidence on teaching methods and recommend a set of best practices for Columbia faculty within the Arts and Sciences, and also consider how Arts and Sciences faculty and students can benefit from the new Center for Teaching and Learning.

Subcommittee Chair:

       Helfand, David, Professor, Astronomy

djh@astro.columbia.edu

Subcommittee Members (in alphabetical order):

Garton, Bradford, Professor, Music

garton@columbia.edu

Heicklen, Alice, Senior Lecturer in Discipline, Biological Sciences 

ah2289@columbia.edu

Higgins, Edward Tory, Professor of Psychology, Business

tory@psych.columbia.edu

Huber, John, Professor, Political Science

jdh39@columbia.edu

Klaf, Suzanna, Interim Director, Faculty Teaching Initiatives and Programs, Center for Teaching and Learning 

  sk4189@columbia.edu

Lax, Jeffrey, Associate Professor, Political Science

jrl2124@columbia.edu

Liu, Lening, Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures 

ll172@columbia.edu

Mercer, Christia, Professor, Philosophy

 cm50@columbia.edu

 

Subcommittee on Class Size and Education

The subcommittee plans to consider the impact of class size on students' educational experiences, access to classes undergraduates need to complete their programs, assignments of teaching assistants and the impact on time to degree for graduate students, as well as best practices for class size of language classes. The mission of the subcommittee is to examine evidence and practices regarding class size and recommend a set of guidelines for Columbia faculty within the Arts and Sciences.

Subcommittee Chair:

       Wawro, Greg, Professor, Political Science

gjw10@columbia.edu

Subcommittee Members (in alphabetical order):

Elmes, Susan, Senior Lecturer in Discipline, Economics 

se5@columbia.edu

Gerbino, Giuseppe, Associate Professor, Music

gg2024@columbia.edu

Griffin, Kevin, Chair Committee on Science Instruction, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

griff@ldeo.columbia.edu

Solomon, Andrea, Vice Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs, GSAS

asolomon@columbia.edu

Spinelli, Barbara, Sr. Lecturer in Discipline, Italian

bs2165@columbia.edu

 

Subcommittee on Course Evaluations

Subcommittee Chair:

      Whitford, Joshua, Associate Professor, Sociology

jw2212@columbia.edu

Subcommittee Members (in alphabetical order):

Ahmed, Manan, Assistant Professor, History

  ma3179@columbia.edu

Cords, Marina, Chair Committee on Science Instruction, Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

mc51@columbia.edu

Crawford, Julie, Professor, English and Comparative Literature 

jc830@columbia.edu

Kane, Barry, Associate Vice President and University Registrar

barry.kane@columbia.edu

Morris, Rosalind, Professor, Anthropology 

rcm24@columbia.edu

Palm, Fred, Chief Administrative Academic Affairs Officer, Arts and Sciences

fred.palm@columbia.edu

Razaghian, Rose, Associate Vice President for Planning, Analysis and Curricular Coordination, Arts and Sciences

rr222@columbia.edu

Tong, Jessie, Assistant Director, Academic Affairs, Arts and Sciences

  jt2622@columbia.edu

 

Subcommittee on Coordination of Instructional Staffing and Scheduling

The staffing and scheduling of the curriculum in the Arts and Sciences is a critical and complex task.  We ask that this subcommittee explore the development of guidelines supporting our course-offering units to further promote and strengthen the overall cohesiveness and staffing of the curriculum, while being cognizant of the variance among units both within and across divisions.  This subcommittee will seek to recommend policies to the faculty and EC of Arts & Sciences to address the following questions and issues, including:

  • Recommended distributions of instructor types across course offerings, whether ladder-rank, lecturers, or adjuncts, among others;
  • The extent of unmet course demand;
  • Criteria that may be used in hiring and reviewing adjunct instructors;
  • Suggested timelines for faculty, instructors and chairs to state the classes they will teach;
  • The distribution of recommended class times within and across departments, which impacts room availability

Subcommittee Chair:

Moody-Adams, Michele, Professor, Philosophymoody-adams@columbia.edu

Subcommittee Members (in alphabetical order):

Elmes, Susan, Senior Lecturer in Discipline, Economics se5@columbia.edu
Leake, Elizabeth, Professor, Italian    el2598@columbia.edu
Murray, Molly, Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature  mpm7@columbia.edu
Quartaro, Stacey, Director of Academic Administration and Finance, Philosophy sg2170@columbia.edu
Zheng, Tian, Associate Professor, Statistics   tian.zheng@columbia.edu