All members of the Barnard faculty are expected to participate in the governance of the College through service on its faculty and College committees. Tripartite committees are composed of faculty members, administrators, and students designated by the Student Government Association.
Elections to fill vacancies on Elective Committees are held every spring.
The Faculty consists of the President of the College, the Provost/Dean of the Faculty, the Dean of the College, the Dean of Studies, and all Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, Lecturers, Associates, and full-time Instructors whose appointment is primarily at Barnard College. Visiting appointments generally do not carry with them voting membership in the Faculty. Other administrative officers may be made members of the Faculty by the Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of the Faculty. To be eligible for voting membership in the Faculty, part-time faculty must satisfy one of the following requirements: (1) be teaching a two-thirds program; (2) have taught a two-thirds program or more in the past and be currently teaching in the College; (3) be teaching a one-third program and giving full-time service to the College; (4) have taught a one-third program for three years or more, and be teaching.
The members of the principle Faculty Committees are elected by the faculty. To assure comprehensive representation, elections (as well as some appointments) to committees are normally by the following faculty groups:
Physics & Astronomy
Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures
Spanish & Latin American Cultures