For Departments

The Office of Faculty Affairs is the administrative arm of Academic Affairs. It handles all process-oriented issues for the faculty, researchers, post-docs, and student officers. It's responsible for ensuring compliance with University Statutes and with state and federal law.

This website provides links, forms, and letters to aid Department Administrators in various faculty processes.

Recruitment & Appointments

Recruitment of academic personnel is now handled through RAPS. See below and in the right-hand side menu for RAPS forms and guidelines:


View the CUMC Affirmative Action Policy

Please also see the Sample Offer Letters in the left hand menu.

Click here to view information on Joint and Interdisciplinary Appointments.

Reciprocal Appointments with Weill-Cornell Medical Center:

The Columbia University Medical Center supports the collaboration between departments at Columbia and those at Weill-Cornell.  In order that faculty may care for patients, provide instruction or collaborate on research activities at the other institution, the faculty member must receive a 'reciprocal' appointment. 

Procedure for securing this appointment
Reciprocal Request and Release Form

Short-term Visitors in Research-Related Activities

Guidelines for Short-term Visitors in Research-Related Activities
These guidelines are provided on behalf of Naomi Scharg, Associate Vice President for Research and Compliance and Training.

Tenure & Promotion

Please visit the "Forms" page in the left hand menu to view the COAP checklists and Sample Offer Letter

Leaves of Absences

Leave of Absence Types

As of January 1, 2018, the four schools at CUMC will implement a pilot parental leave program for full-time officers of instruction. Please open the link below to read more: 
CUMC Parental Leave Plan


Retirement Agreement Template

After the major terms of the retirement have been agreed upon by the faculty and Chair/Dean, a final draft of the agreement should be sent to the Office of Faculty Affairs for preliminary review.
The agreement will be forwarded to the office of the Vice Provost for final review then to the Provost for signature. Departments will be contacted by OFA to pick-up the signed agreements.


Please see the Notice of Non-renewal Guidelines and sample letters of non-renewal in the Resources section of the website. 

Salary Guidelines 2013-2014

Officers of Research
Salary guidelines for Officer of Research (OOR) appointments for fiscal year 2014 are available by clicking here. The CUMC OOR salaries are to be used as a guide in setting salaries.  The tables, which include salaries for both Morningside and CUMC, show salary differences by rank for the two campuses.  The University is committed to reconciling these differences over a 3 year period so that that there is uniform salary support for OOR appointments on both campuses. 

Tenure Salary Policy
For the Tenure Salary Policy, please click here.

Other resources: 


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