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Visiting Professorships

Columbia University invites applications from tenured faculty members committed to liberal arts education for a year-long residency as Visiting Professor in the Columbia College Core Curriculum in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Visiting Professors in the Core Curriculum will receive up to $90,000 for a nine-month appointment in one of Columbia University’s academic departments, as well as university housing or a housing stipend. Send specific inquiries to


  1. Teach one course per semester in the Core Curriculum and possibly one departmental course in the year.
  2. Pursue a scholarly project related to liberal arts education or a work commonly taught in liberal arts programs.
  3. Participate in weekly Core faculty meetings.
  4. Develop a curricular plan for implementation at the home institution.
  5. Participate in the “Tradition and Innovation” Summer Institute at Columbia.  The Summer Institute is a week-long seminar that brings former Core Visiting Professors back to Columbia after an academic year at their home institutions to discuss their scholarly projects and the implementation of their curricular plans.

Application Materials

Applications should be submitted beginning December 1, 2017 at

1) Proposal for Scholarly Project (1000-word maximum)

Please describe the scholarly project you will undertake during the Fellowship. Projects should investigate any aspect of the history, state, and prospects of liberal arts education.  Projects may also focus on a work commonly taught in liberal arts programs. 

2) Curriculum Development Plan (1000-word maximum)

Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to the development and implementation of liberal arts curricula. Columbia is interested in the creation, extension, enrichment, or revision of programs within the applicant's home institution. An ideal curricular plan would enjoy institutional support for core text courses that are required of all students.  But the Selection Committee is interested in any approach to broad-based liberal arts education that would benefit from exposure to Columbia's Core Curriculum.  

Please describe your curricular plan and how the Visiting Professorship will help you in thinking about and acting on curriculum development initiatives at your home institution. The promise and viability of the curricular plan and the level of support it enjoys at the home institution will be significant factors in the selection process.

3) Curriculum Vitae (CV)

4) Two References

After an initial review, candidates whose applications advance to the next stage of review will be asked to submit two letters of reference that speak to the candidate's teaching record and commitment to liberal arts education. 

5) Letter of Support for Curricular Plan 

 A letter of support from the relevant senior academic officer at the home institution should accompany the Curriculum Development Plan.

Learn more about the Columbia College Core Curriculum