The Office of University Life is the hub for University-wide student life information and initiatives.This office maintains the Columbia Faculty & Staff Resource Card
, which is a one-stop source for University resources and policies on academic integrity, disability accommodations, discrimination and harassment, gender-based misconduct, student mental health, and more. You can find the card, along with a place to report incidents and concerns, in the top righthand corner to the left of the search box of University Life’s website
The Faculty Research Allowance Program (FRAP) provides limited research funds for Arts and Sciences full-time faculty in professorial and lecturer ranks. Through the use of a special purchasing card (the FRAP Card) the program allows faculty members to charge directly for the following types of research-related expenses:
In addition, the FRAP Program will cover hotel room charges related to professional or research trips. These cannot be charged on the FRAP Card, but can be reimbursed to faculty with appropriate documentation.
The amount of FRAP funding available to faculty is determined by rank:
- Professorial rank faculty on multi-year appointments: $2,550
- Lecturers and faculty on single-year appointments: $1,133 ($567 for one semester appointments)
Tenured faculty who take the TFRP cash option during the academic year are not eligible for FRAP during that year.
The FRAP application form can be downloaded from this site
. The complete FRAP guidelines, policies and procedures, including a list of eligible and ineligible purchase, are available at this link
If you have any questions or need more information regarding FRAP, please contact Kathy Maqsudi, Manager, at [email protected]
or at (646) 745-8591.
Tenured Faculty Research Program (TFRP)
The Tenured Faculty Research Program (TFRP) offers tenured faculty annually the equivalent of one-ninth of their academic year salary. Alternatively, the TFRP allocation may be used either toward a paid leave with salary or for research assistance.
Download the 2019-20 application form from this site
. If you have any question or need more information regarding TFRP, please contact Joseph Werst, Director, Academic Appointments and Payroll, at [email protected]
or at (212) 854-6110.
Faculty/Student Interaction Dinners (FSID)
The Faculty/Student Interaction Dinner program facilitates informal communication between full-time faculty members and undergraduate students in their classes. Arts and Sciences faculty members holding a full-time appointment at the rank of Lecturer in Language, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor are eligible to host a lunch or dinner funded by the Office of the Executive Vice President. To help foster informal relationships between faculty and students, the maximum number of students that can attend any one meal is 15; the majority of the students attending must be undergraduates. If the class exceeds 15 students, the faculty member can host additional meals in order to accommodate all students in the class. The meals may take place at either the faculty member’s home or at an on-campus site (found by the faculty member).
All meals must be scheduled and arranged through the Office of the Executive Vice President. A faculty member wishing to schedule a lunch or dinner should complete the FSID Order Form and provide the list of attendees. Forms are available on the A&S website here
. These should be returned to Qamar Said, located on the third floor of the Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive (enter on Claremont Avenue and 120th Street), or by email at [email protected]
, or [email protected]
For more specific guidelines regarding the FSID programs, as well as the list and menus of participating restaurants, please visit the website as well, or contact Qamar Said (646) 745-8590, [email protected]
A&S Information Technology
Arts & Sciences IT (ASIT) currently provides on-site desktop and laptop support for all Arts and Sciences faculty and departments that are not covered by their own IT staff. Assistance is provided by appointment on a first come, first served basis. When requesting assistance, please indicate times you might be available at your computer for help. Upon receiving your request, ASIT will contact you as soon as possible, the same day in most cases, to set up an appointment.
In addition to desktop support, ASIT will also provide guidance on hardware purchases and configurations, security protocols and data storage options. For a complete list of services provided by the ASIT team, please refer to the ASIT website
To set up an appointment for assistance, please contact ASIT at [email protected]
(preferred) or at (212) 854-0702. For any additional information, please contact Michael Stanish, Director of IT for A&S, at [email protected]
Computer Replacement Program
The Computer Replacement Program was established to ensure that continuing faculty have a working computer for their instructional and administrative needs. While incoming, multi-year faculty receive an allocation for a new computer when they arrive at Columbia, the Computer Replacement Program is intended to refresh the hardware on a regular four-year cycle. Continuing faculty can apply for computer replacement funds of up to $1,300 if they can demonstrate that they have not purchased another computer with Arts & Sciences funds (e.g., FRAP, research funds, start- up funds) during the prior four academic years.
For more information about the program and a Computer Replacement request form, please contact Kathy Maqsudi, Manager, at [email protected]
or at (646) 745-8591.