Office of Faculty Affairs





Office of Faculty Affairs – Appointments and Promotions

Frequently Asked Questions


In what way do the goals of the Office of Faculty Affairs relate to my individual experience in the Department?

How can I network with other faculty members, either informally or to foster mentoring relationships?

Do I have to be recommended for promotion or can I just apply on my own?

What is the first thing to do to get started on applying for a promotion and what are the basic steps towards getting promoted?

Can I talk with someone about applying for a promotion besides my supervisor?

Where can I learn about the requirements for being promoted?

Do I need to have publications to get a faculty appointment?

What are the timelines/deadlines for promotions?

How can I become more active in the life of the Department?

 

In what way do the goals of the Office of Faculty Affairs relate to my individual experience in the Department?

A primary component of the mission of the Office of Faculty Affairs is to promote the growth and development of each faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry.  To that end, we are a resource and guide for ensuring that you are aware of the breadth of possibilities for your continuous career growth, and that you acquire the tools and find the opportunities necessary to achieve that growth.  Learning the ins and outs of the promotion process, finding a mentor, locating training opportunities and getting advice on balancing work and life are among the issues we can help you tackle. 

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How can I network with other faculty members, either informally or to foster mentoring relationships?

The Office of Faculty Affairs maintains the Department of Psychiatry Faculty Database.  This database includes each faculty member’s division affiliation and contact information and is meant to be a resource for connecting members of the Department who have mutual interests.  The staff of the Office of Faculty Affairs is also available to help link you to colleagues and potential mentors who may be outside of your division but who may work in your field of interest.

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Do I have to be recommended for promotion or can I just apply on my own?

Only Division Chiefs can nominate faculty for promotion.  However, you can initiate a discussion about promotion with your supervisor or mentor.  See The Promotion Process/Getting Started for more information.

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What is the first thing to do to get started on applying for a promotion and what are the basic steps towards getting promoted?

Getting Started toward a promotion usually begins with a discussion and review of your CV with your mentor or supervisor.  Next, your Division Chief writes a letter of nomination on your behalf.  You are then required to submit a Senior Promotion Application to the Departmental Office of Academic Affairs.  Once our nomination packet is complete, it must be approved first by the Departmental Committee On Academic Promotions (COAP) and then by the University COAP. 

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Can I talk with someone about applying for a promotion besides my supervisor?

Although in many cases your supervisor is the first person to talk with about promotion, you may instead want to begin this discussion with a mentor.  If you do not have a mentor, the Office of Faculty Affairs can help you to find one.  The Department of Psychiatry Faculty Database is also a resource for finding potential mentors; use the Keyword Search function to find faculty working in your area(s) of interest.

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Where can I learn about the requirements for being promoted?

The criteria for attaining each rank within each academic track are reviewed on this site at Appointments and Promotions/Academic Titles.  These descriptions are not exhaustive but are meant to provide a guide to the Department’s general expectations for the qualifications and achievements of faculty members.

In order to meet promotion requirements, it is useful for you to speak regularly with your Division Chief about your career progress.  This formal discussion should take place annually in most instances. 

As part of the process of maintaining forward movement in your career towards promotion, you may also want to develop a relationship with a mentor.  The Department of Psychiatry Faculty Database is one resource for locating mentors; use the Keyword Search function to find faculty working in your area(s) of interest.

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Do I need to have publications to get a faculty appointment?

No, having publications is not required for every faculty appointment.  The relative importance of publications varies substantially depending on the academic track you are in and the rank you are seeking.  For a detailed description of ranks and tracks, see Appointments and Promotions/Academic Titles.

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What are the timelines/deadlines for promotions?

Discussions about the possibility of promotion should begin in the spring (March to May) of the year prior to being promoted.  The formal process begins on June 1st.  Your application should be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs in September.  Your nomination is reviewed over the winter and following spring.  Once approved, most promotions take effect on July 1st of the year.  Please see The Promotion Process/Timeline for detailed information.

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How can I become more active in the life of the Department?

There are a numerous opportunities throughout the Department to supervise trainees, teach medical students and serve on committees and initiatives.  Below is a list of some key faculty members leading these activities:

The Department of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry is responsible for assigning faculty to teach students of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Dr. Janis Cutler, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, is Director of the division and Dr. Kelli Harding, Clinical Research Fellow, is the Assistant Director. 

Resident supervisors are assigned by the Office of Residency Training.  Dr. Maria Oquendo, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry is Director of Residency Training and Dr. Melissa Arbuckle, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry is the Assistant Director. 

Departmental Committee members are chosen by the Chairman of each Committee.  The Committee Chairmen are appointed by the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman. 

The Office of Faculty Affairs can also assist in connecting you with teaching, administrative and continuing education activities throughout the Department.  The Professional Development section of this website (under construction) will list opportunities for career enrichment both within and outside of Columbia.  You may also contact us directly with questions or suggestions.

 

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