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Thank-a-Prof / Thank-a-TA.

Calling all Columbia University learners!

Thank a professor or teaching assistant for their dedication to teaching and learning! If a professor or TA at Columbia facilitated an unforgettable learning experience, let them know!

Thank Columbia University professors or teaching assistants who have…

  • engaged you in your learning
  • created an inclusive and supportive learning environment
  • made it worthwhile to go to class
  • taught you in innovative ways
  • challenged you to excel inside and outside of the classroom
  • inspired you to learn more and pursue your goals
  • helped you overcome a difficulty or challenging learning experience

How it works

Compose your note using the online submission form.

Share any details you can to help your professor or TA know why you are so thankful.
Select whether you would like your name included or if you prefer to remain anonymous.

The Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will send a thank you note to the instructor on your behalf.

Questions? Comments?

Please email the CTL.

Sample thank you note from Fall 2019: 

“Thank you for being such an inspiring, kind, and positive professor. I am a clinical student, but your class has made me rethink how I can make a difference in my community. I hope to have the opportunity to get involved with advocacy at a larger scale, and feel better equipped to do so because of your class. I’m so glad that I was able to have you as a professor. Thank you for all the wonderful classes and the opportunity to learn with you!” – Tori Guen, Columbia University School of Social Work (CSSW) ‘21 (writing to Jeanette C. Takamura, M.S.W., Ph.D., Dean Emerita and Professor, CSSW)

Professor’s Response:

“I was blown away by the two notes received on the same day –Tori’s note and one from a student from a year ago. While I hear regularly from former students, these notes through the Provost’s Initiative were totally unexpected, deeply appreciated, and they reinforced my gratitude for the opportunity to learn along with our phenomenal students from all social work practice methods (policy, clinical, advanced generalist practice, and social enterprise administration) enrolled in my course. They are the future, and, like Tori, who received a prestigious fellowship recently, they deserve every opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable them to advocate for and shape our national policies. The notes were at once humbling and re-energizing. Wow! Thank you!” – Jeanette C. Takamura