The Junior Faculty Advisory Board is a advising committee that serves as a structure to support the junior faculty in myriad ways:
The JFAB’s three main charges are:
(i) To create a standing forum in which probationary tenure-stream faculty in A&S can share and discuss their welfare and experiences and to which junior faculty may turn for peer advising and assistance.
(ii) To report junior faculty concerns, and represent junior faculty interests, in conversations with university administrators, committees of faculty governance, the University Senate, and department/program chairs; and
(iii) In conjunction with administrative offices, to organize events for junior faculty so as to share information and experience concerning all aspects of life at Columbia.
Working with the Office of the Vice President of the Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost, the divisional Deans, the PPC, the Committee of Chairs, and other offices and committees within Columbia University, the JFAB has already been very active advocating for and promoting issues relating to all aspects of teaching, research, and life at Columbia.
This fall we submitted a proposal for mentoring, a proposal for topping off prestigious fellowships, and a proposal for the enhancement of junior faculty development to David Madigan, the Executive Vice President of Arts and Sciences. We continue to work for better support of childcare, subsidizing of school tuition, housing, and for clarity in requirements for tenure.
Members of the committee serving as of January 2015
Assistant Professor of History
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dustin Rubenstein (Chair of JFAB)
Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology.
One of the important components of establishing a board to serve the junior faculty is the exercise of taking an active role in listening to the needs of junior faculty. To that end, we have established an online repository where feedback, comments, suggestions and other points of information can be shared on an individual, confidential basis. To share feedback, please click on this link here to send your thoughts to the board. Your feedback will be read by JFAB, however, if you wish for a direct response, please email the JFAB at firstname.lastname@example.org.