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Visiting Professorships

Columbia University invites applications from tenured faculty members invested in liberal arts education for a year-long residency as Visiting Professor in the Columbia College Core Curriculum in the 2019-2020 academic year. We seek to appoint two Visiting Professors, one in Literature Humanities and one in Contemporary Civilization.

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 for those coming from outside the New York City area. Send specific inquiries to

Responsibilites of the Visiting Professorship

  1. Teach one course per semester in the Core Curriculum and possibly one departmental course in the year.
  2. Develop a curricular plan for implementation at the home institution (see below).
  3. Pursue a scholarly project related to liberal arts education or a work commonly taught in liberal arts programs.
  4. Participate in weekly Core faculty meetings.
  5. Participate in the “Tradition and Innovation” Summer Institute at Columbia. The Summer Institute will be a week-long seminar with former and prospective Core Visiting Professors to discuss the implementation of their curricular plans as well as the scholarly projects they pursued while at Columbia. Visiting Professors will return to Columbia for the summer institute after they have spent a year at their home institution.

Application Materials

Candidates should carefully review the About the Core Curriculum page before preparing applications.

We will begin accepting applications on December 15, 2018. Please submit applications through the University's Recruitment of Academic Personnel System.

We will accept applications until the positions are filled. We expect to fill the positions by the end of March, 2019.

  1. Curriculum Development Plan (1000-word maximum)

    The promise and viability of the proposed curricular plan and the level of support it enjoys at the home institution will be the most important factors in the selection process. Columbia is interested in the creation or revitalization of general education programs within the applicant's home institution. An ideal curricular plan would enjoy institutional support for courses that are required of all students and which are organized around the study of core texts.

    Please describe your curricular plan and how the Visiting Professorship in the Columbia Core Curriculum would help you advance the initiative at your home institution.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 core text commonly taught in liberal arts programs.

  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    Professional rank and date of tenure should be clearly indicated on the CV.

  5. Two References

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

Learn more about the Columbia College Core Curriculum