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Faculty of Arts and Sciences

June 2015 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This has been clearly a year of progress on many fronts in the Arts and Sciences. Through the work of the PPC, EPPC, JFAB, and other faculty committees, our faculty governance has strengthened considerably. Several new faculty-led policies and initiatives are now in place, with more to come. While we continue to face budgetary challenges, the newly adopted Timely Replacement Policy ensures that a significant number of faculty searches take place in the coming year; in a few weeks we will be welcoming Dr. Jason Wingard to campus as the new Dean of the School of Professional Studies; the Core to Commencement campaign is well underway, and the complementary Arts and Sciences fundraising initiative is now moving past the planning phase.

Summer is a special time when we can fully immerse ourselves in our research. For those of you traveling—some to the far reaches of the globe—we wish you safe travels. We hope that you have a productive and invigorating summer, and look forward to reconnecting with all of you in September. We look forward to ongoing discussions at various fora in the coming months.


Carlos Alonso
Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Vice President for Graduate Education
Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor in The Humanities
David Madigan
Executive Vice President and
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Statistics
James Valentini
Dean of Columbia College 
Vice President for Undergraduate Education
Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Chemistry

Junior Faculty Mentoring

Recently, the PPC put forth a mentoring proposal which is now available on our website here. Every department should have a mentoring program in place for junior faculty members who have not yet been promoted to Associate Professor without tenure. Mentoring programs should be established (or revised) in consultation with junior faculty in the department.

Timely Replacement

The Timely Replacement Policy (TRP) puts in place a process to fill faculty positions associated either with faculty retirement, unsuccessful tenure cases or departures of another nature. The policy guidelines posted here are designed to maintain stability in the A&S faculty size and hiring rate without resorting to notional faculty lines or departmental quotas.

Travel Reminders

Traveling outside the United States can be a very enriching experience for Columbia faculty and staff. Going outside the U.S. also means that travelers will be exposed to different laws, local customs, unfamiliar risks and a number of other factors that need to be taken into account before, during and after international travel occurs. As such, this site is intended to give Columbia travelers some essential tips and highlight available University resources to prepare for safe and fruitful travels.

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