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.




Sharon Marcus

Orlando Harriman Professor of English


Timothy Donnelly

Professor of Writing

Social Sciences

Yinon Cohen (Fall only)

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi Professor of Israel and Jewish Studies

Page Fortna (leave)

Harold Brown Professor of US Foreign and Security Policy

Wojciech Kopczuk

Professor of Economics and of International and Public Affairs

Stephanie McCurry (hiatus)

R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History in Honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower

Andreas Wimmer

Lieber Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy

Michael Witgen

Professor of History

Elizabeth Ladenson

Professor of French and Romance Languages

George Lewis

Edwin H. Case Professor of Music

Frances Negron-Muntaner 

Professor of English & Comparative Literature

Achille VarziProfessor of Philosophy

Natural Sciences

Elena Aprile (Fall only)

Centennial Professor of Physics

Richard Davis

Howard Levene Professor of Statistics

Bärbel Hönisch

Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Wei Min

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