Formed in 1900, the Barnard College faculty operated its first half-century largely as a colony ruled by its male minority and subject to the all-male graduate faculties at Columbia. This remained true into the 1950s. Since then, Barnard’s faculty has been successfully liberated, achieving substantial institutional autonomy and gender parity within its ranks. In the course of doing so, it has adopted the research imperative prevailing at Columbia and other research universities. While this is mostly to good effect for an undergraduate institution with a tradition of teaching excellence, it’s not without its challenges. Those interested in the history of Barnard and its unique teaching model won’t want to miss this discussion with one of the College’s finest historians. Part of a series of conversations preceding Professor McCaughey’s book on Barnard’s history.
Introduction by Provost Linda Bell.