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Teaching at Columbia

The CTL is currently developing a comprehensive repository of resources for “Teaching at Columbia” from the University, the Office of the Provost, the School of Arts and Sciences, the Morningside Professional Schoolsthe Columbia University Medical Center, and affiliated institutions. The CTL also has a list of frequently asked questions and resources specifically for graduate student instructors.

Get your class off to a good start.

The CTL holds orientations for faculty and graduate student instructors at the start of the school year. Any instructor may attend, but these sessions are particularly useful for new and junior faculty, teaching fellows, and teaching assistants.

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General University Resources

Policies

Obligations and Responsibilities of Officers of Instruction and Research
A section of the Columbia University Faculty Handbook with policies on classroom facilities, holidays and class hours, class attendance, final examinations, reporting and changing grades, use of copyrighted materials, student privacy, disciplinary procedures, and much more.

Academic Integrity Resources
Maintained by the Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia College. Includes Faculty Statement on Academic Integrity, Columbia College Honor Code, and guidance on responding to cases of academic dishonesty.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Documents
Includes a number of University policies on topics such as discrimination and harassment, gender-based misconduct, and consensual romantic and sexual relationships.

Essential Policies for the Columbia Community
A wide-ranging compilation of University policies.

Statistics and Facts
Data on admissions, enrollment, faculty and staff status, tuition and financial aid, university finances, and more, maintained by the Office of Planning and Institutional Research.

Administrative Services

Office of the Registrar
The Office of the Registrar oversees registration, class scheduling, the University academic calendar, and the final exam schedule, in addition to many other services. Located in Kent Hall, 2nd Floor.

Columbia Health
An extensive team of medical providers, therapists, psychiatrists, disability specialists, health promotion specialists, nutritionists, peer counselors, support staff, and administrative professionals. Includes Alice! Health Promotion,Counseling and Psychological Services, Disability Services (see the Faculty Guide for Disability Services), and Sexual Violence Response.

Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT)
Contact CUIT with inquiries regarding access to CourseWorks, SSOL, or classroom technology, as well as other IT issues. Information for faculty. Support desk located at 202 Philosophy Hall.

Columbia University Facilities
To report a problem with a classroom not related to technology, contact Facilities at (212) 854-2222, or submit a service request online.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Manages the University’s Student Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment and theEmployment Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment, and Consensual Romantic and Sexual Relationships Policies.

Course Administration

Course management system
CourseWorks allows instructors to develop course-specific content, distribute class materials, communicate with students, and promote online discussions. The CTL provides extensive help with setting up and using CourseWorks.

Registration and Grades
Student Services Online (SSOL) is the information system of record for student data; at the end of the term grades must be submitted to SSOL.

Textbooks
Textbooks may be ordered from the Columbia Bookstore or BookCulture. Contact your Department’s Director of Administration and Finance (DAAF) for more information.

Teaching Assistants
For courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, teaching assistants are drawn from Ph.D. students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. GSAS Graduate Student Teaching Guidelines; for other courses, please refer to the appropriate school policy.

Academic Integrity
In addition to the resources listed here, the University offers instruction access to Turnitin, a plagiarism-detection service.

Teaching Support

The Center for Teaching and Learning
The CTL opened in Fall 2015, incorporating the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning and the GSAS Teaching Center. It partners with faculty, students, and digital educators to support excellence and innovation in teaching throughout the University. It offers extensive services, programs and events, and innovative partnership opportunities. Offices are located in Butler Library, Lewisohn Hall, and in the Armory Building at CUMC.

Columbia University Libraries
The Columbia Libraries System offers a number of services to support teaching, including specialists (organized by discipline and region) who can advise students on research projects; subject guides; workshopson technological tools to facilitate research; and copyright advisory, among others.

The Libraries also administers a number of centers promoting digital learning and scholarship:

Language Resource Center
The Language Resource Center works to promote innovative approaches to language-acquisition teaching.Information for faculty. Located in 353 International Affairs Building (directions).

Arts and Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is the unifying focal point that consists of faculty from the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences in five different schools within Columbia University. The schools in the Arts and Sciences are Columbia College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of General Studies, the School of the Arts, and the School of Continuing Education.

Columbia College
  • Resources for Faculty and Other Instructors – Information specifically pertaining to teaching Columbia College students, on topics such as Academic Integrity, Grievance Processes, Course Proposals, Teaching Athletes, Teaching Students with Disabilities, and Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Center for Student Advising – Integrated advising for all students in Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Students are assigned a CSA adviser who works with them throughout their time at Columbia.
  • University Writing Center – provides writing support to the entire Columbia community, from first-year undergraduates to faculty. In one-on-one consultations and workshops, our consultants offer feedback and strategies to help improve every stage of writing.
  • Core Curriculum – The set of common courses required of all undergraduates and considered the necessary general education for students, irrespective of their choice in major.
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Note: A graduate class at Columbia may include students from any of Columbia’s 14 graduate schools, as well as affiliate institutions. While courses in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences are taught by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, courses in other graduate and professional programs are taught by the respective faculties. Refer to the appropriate school website for more information.

School of General Studies
  • Dean of Students Office – The primary source of advising for students at the School of General Studies. Upon matriculation, each undergraduate student is assigned an advisor, who serves as the student’s main link to GS throughout the student’s career at Columbia, providing guidance on University as well as GS-specific policies and procedures.
School of Continuing Education
  • International Teaching Fellows training – Special language and teacher training for International Teaching Fellows in the graduate schools at Columbia University
  • Auditing and Lifelong Learners – Auditing Programs provide adults not currently enrolled in college with the opportunity to attend selected lectures drawn from the University’s offerings in the Arts and Sciences during the academic year.

Morningside Professional Schools

The core schools providing professional degree programs within and around Columbia University are the Fu Foundational School of Engineering and Applied SciencesColumbia Business SchoolColumbia School of Social WorkColumbia Journalism School, and the Columbia Law School. Resources and links can be found below.

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Columbia Business School
Columbia School of Social Work
Columbia Journalism School
  • The Teacher Project – An ambitious journalistic effort to report on the next generation of American teachers. Three reporting fellows, all recent alums of the Journalism School, work under the supervision of a veteran education journalist.
Columbia Law School
  • Careers in Law Teaching Program – Provides current students and graduates of Columbia Law School with tools to explore the possibility of a career as a law professor, and support when they have decided to do so.

Columbia University Medical Center

Columbia University’s Medical Center is a leading force in research and global health, and is always expanding. CUMC is comprised of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mailman School of Public Health and the School of Nursing. Below you can find links and resources for each school.

College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators – A community of educators at P&S dedicated to promoting, rewarding, and supporting outstanding education for medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty.
  • Center for Education Research and Evaluation – Consultation and advising in study strategies and test preparation, program evaluation, learner assessment, educational research and scholarship, instructional design, and educator development.
  • Center for Continuing Medical Education – Provides continuing medical education to Columbia faculty, professional trainees and to the larger community of physicians and other health care professionals in the New York area and beyond.
Mailman School of Public Health
School of Nursing
  • Anna Maxwell Teaching Academy – Fosters teaching as a scholarly activity, offers recognition to outstanding educators, provides instructional role models for faculty, and promotes innovation in the curriculum.

Affiliated Institutions

The CU community is always growing, and affiliated institutions all work closely with one another to improve our vibrant campus. Below are helpful resources for teaching at Barnard College, Teachers College and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Barnard College
  • Office of the Dean of Studies – Committed to supporting the academic planning and success, academic integrity, and well-being of all students and to supporting the teaching efforts of faculty members.
  • Barnard Writing Fellows – Specially trained peer tutors who work with writers in all disciplines. Writing Fellows staff the Writing Center (located on the second floor of Barnard Hall); they are also attached to various Barnard College courses.
Teachers College
  • EdLab –  A research, design, and development unit at Teachers College, Columbia University. EdLab envisions and pilots knowledge projects for a fundamentally different education sector that is attuned to the emerging post-industrial, information-based world.
  • Graduate Writing Center – Offers a variety of writing services to the Teachers College community.
  • Academic Computing Services – Offers a variety of technology workshops for students, staff, faculty and alumni.
Jewish Theological Seminary
  • JTS Learn – Home to over 1,500 lectures, commentaries, classes, and podcasts that bring the richness of Jewish learning at JTS directly to computer and mobile devices.

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