Standing Appointive Committees

Faculty Divisions

To assure comprehensive representations, elections and some appointments to committees are organized by the following divisions:

I. Architecture, Art History, Dance, English, Music, Theatre.

II. Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology.

III. American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Education, History, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies.

IV. Africana Studies, Asian & Middle Eastern Cultures, Classics, French, German, Italian, Philosophy, Religion, Slavic, Spanish and Latin American Cultures, Women’s Studies.


Academic Success & Enrichment (Currently Inactive) 

Chair:  Dean for Academic Assistance, Evelyn Leong

Term length: 2-year term
Committee charge: Advises on the structure and function of various programs that provide academic support and enrichment to Barnard students, and to middle-school, high-school and community college students enrolled in special programs offered by the College.
Membership eligibility: 6 faculty members, including the Director of the Writing Program, Director of the Inter-Collegiate Partnership (ICP), and Faculty Coordinator for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, and the remaining three faculty members to be appointed by the FGP; 1 representative from the Admissions Office. 


Michell Tollinchi-Michel, Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment
Pam Cobrin, Director of the Writing Program
Paul Hertz, Director of the Inter-Collegiate Partnership (ICP)
Monica Miller, Faculty Coordinator for the MMUF
Christian Rojas '20
Nicholas Bartlett '20
Timea Szell '19

Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing (currently inactive)

Chair: President for Administration and Capital Planning

Term length: Faculty and alumnae members 3-year term, staggered; Student members 2-year term.

Committee charge: The Board of Trustees authorizes the president to designate an Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing for the purpose of advising the Trustees on the social implications of Barnard's institutional investment program and to advise the Board's Committee on Investments on social and ethical issues that arise in the management of the College's endowment. 

Membership eligibility: 2 faculty members.  The Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing shall consist of six voting members drawn in equal numbers from students, faculty and alumnae.  Additionally, the President of the College shall appoint one administrator who is familiar with the College's investments to sit as a non-voting member of the Committee.  Initially terms shall be staggered to ensure continuity in the membership of the Committee and familiarity with investment issues.  Representatives shall be nominated by the Student Governing Association (SGA), the Faculty Governance and Procedures Committee (FGP) and the Associated Alumnae of Barnard College (AABC) through each body's standard processes of selection.  At least one of the faculty representatives to the Committee shall be tenured.  The President of the College shall approve nominations to the Committee and designate a chair to serve during the Committee's first year.  Thereafter, the members shall elect one of their own as chair annually.

Barnard Emergency Management Committee (BEMC)

Chair: Director of Public Safety

Term length: Faculty and alumnae members 3-year term, staggered; Student members 2-year term.

Meeting time: Monthly 

Committee charge: The mission of the BEMC is to develop and coordinate preparation, planning, response, business continuity and restoration for the College in the event of an emergency.  

Membership eligibility: 2 faculty members, Associate Director of Public Safety, Emergency Management/Fire Safety Supervisor, Vice President for Communications, Vice President for Campus Services, Vice President for Information Technology, Director of IT Infrastructure, Director of IT Security, Dean of Residential Life,  Director of Academic Services, Director of Health Services, Director of Facilities, Director of Counseling, Director of Purchasing, Director of Human Resources, Director of Media Relations, Associate Director of Media Relations, Dean of Student Life, Medical Director, and Senior Director of Dining Services. 


Division IV:  John Morrison, '20
Division IV: Laura Kay '19

Barnard Library and Academic Information Services (BLAIS)

Chair: Dean of the Barnard Library & Academic Information Services

Term length: 2-year term 

Meeting time: Monthly 

Committee charge: A tripartite committee to assist in the planning of issues relating to the Library, academic computing, and information technology. 

Membership eligibility: 1 faculty member from each of the four divisions, 2 students, Vice-President of Information Technology, Dean of the College or designee, Associate Provost, Director of Institutional Support or designee, Director from BCIT, Director of Instructional Media and Technology Services, and Director of Research and Instruction. 


Division I: Sandra Goldmark '20
Division II: Martin Stute '19
Division III: Andrew Lipman '20
Division IV: Erk Grimm '20
At-Large: John Miller '19

Career Services (Currently Inactive)

Chair: Associate Director of Career Services

Term length: 2-year term 

Commitee charge: A tripartite committee on matters pertaining to Career Services programming, including recruitment, internships and student enterprises. Meets semi-monthly.

Membership eligibility: 1 faculty member. 

Columbia College-School of General Studies Committee on Instruction

Chair: Columbia University Dean of the College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education

Meeting time: Weekly

Committee charge: The committee's responsibilities include oversight of the College’s curriculum as well as the regulations and policies governing it. The Vice Provost serves as a nonvoting member of the committee. 

Membership eligibility: Vice Provost, Saskia Hamilton

Columbia Faculty Athletics Committee

Chair: Dean of the College

Term length: 2-year term

Meeting time: 1 Friday per semester, with subcommittee meetings, as needed

Committee charge:  Acts as the advisory committee for the University President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education on policies governing the intercollegiate athletics program consistent with the rules of the Ivy League Conference, NCAA, and the policies of the University and University Trustees.  The Committee periodically apprises the faculty, staff, and student consituenciy organizations of the status of the intercollegiate athletics programs at the University. 

Membership eligibility: The Committee consists of members of the faculties of Columbia University, Barnard College, and Teacher's College, with additional representation from alumni, the intercollegiate athletics program, and University administration. 


Lisa Northrop '20
Randall Reback '19
Other Barnard Members:
Dean of the College
Lisa Northrop
Faculty Athletics Fellows:
Patricia Denison, Women's Tennis
Karen Fairbanks, Softball
Kimberley Johnson, Women's Basketball
Robert McCaughey, Rowing
David Weiman, Men's Tennis

Committee of Department Chairs and Program Directors

Meeting time: Monthly on Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00 PM

Committee charge: Chairs and program directors meet once a month with the Provost to discuss matters of mutual interest. The meetings provide a forum for Chairs and directors to discuss with each other and with administrators information or concerns related to departmental practices and policies.


See current list of department chairs and program directors.

Meetings dates for 2018-2019

September 5 
October 17 
November 7
December 5
January 30
February 27
March 27
April 24

Committee on Honors

Chair: Dean of Studies

Term length: 2-year term

Meeting time: Select Fridays 

Committee charge: Reviews applications and interviews applicants and nominees for international, national, and College fellowships.  Selects recipients of College fellowships.  

Membership eligibility: 5 faculty members.  

Members for 2018-2019

Division I: Alice Reagan '19
Division II: Alison Pischedda '19
Division III: Michael G. Miller '20
Division IV: Karen Santos Da Silva '19
At Large: Hilary Callahan '20

Committee on Programs and Academic Standing (CPAS)

Chair: Dean of Studies

Term length: 2-year term

Meeting time: Weekly, Thursdays from 12:00 - 2:00

Committee charge: Reviews educational policy in matters of student programs, credit and academic standing; acts on student petitions for exceptions to academic policy.

Membership eligibility: 6 faculty members, including 1 from each of the four faculty divisions and 2 at-large. 


Chair: Natalie Friedman
Division I: Colleen Thomas-Young '19
Division II: Andrew Crowther '19
Division III: Rajiv Sethi '19
Division IV: Javier Perez-Zapatero '20
At Large:   Orlando Bentancor '19
At Large: Gail Archer '19

Dean's Accommodation Committee (DAC) (currently inactive)

Chair: Dean of Studies

Term length: 2-year term

Committee charge: For students with diagnosed learning disabilities, this subcommittee of the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing will consider student’s requests for accommodations as well as the supporting documentation and the report of the independent consultant. Decides on the appropriate accommodations, which will be provided through the Office of Disability Services.

Membership eligibility: Director of Disability Services and 3 faculty members appointed by the Faculty Governance and Procedures Committee, including 1 faculty member who is a member of CPAS, and initially, 1 faculty member who has served on the Learning Disabilities Task Force. 

Faculty Committee on Internationalization

Chair: Chair, Dean for International and Global Strategy

Term length: Rotating 2-year term. 

Meeting time: Monthly, on the second Thursday, from 3:30-5:00 PM, Sulzberger Annex 102.

Committee charge: Guides Dean for International and Global Strategy on the College’s internationalization strategy, particularly focusing on supporting faculty in global research and teaching, faculty engagement in College internationalization efforts, curriculum development on global issues, opportunities for teaching, research, collaboration and travel abroad. 

Membership eligibility: 6 faculty members to be appointed by the FGP; one from each of the four divisions and two at-large. 


Chair: Giorgio DiMauro, Dean for International and Global Strategy
Division I: Colleen Thomas-Young '20
Division II: Martin Stute '20
Division III: Abosede George '19
Division IV: Javier Perez-Zapatero '19
At Large: Kadambari Baxi '19
At Large: Jack Hawley '20

Faculty Diversity and Development Committee (FDD)

Chair: Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development

Term length: 3-year term, staggered

Meeting time: Alternating Mondays from 11:30-1:00 PM

Committee charge: Works to help the College fulfill its mission to increase and maintain diversity among the faculty and to expand the College’s support for faculty throughout their careers. The Committee assists departments and programs in ensuring that faculty searches are fair and open, organizes new faculty orientation and mentoring, and provides support to departments and chairs in preparing reappointment and tenure cases.  The Committee is also available to work with departments and programs in identifying their diversity goals and the strategies they choose to achieve them.  The Committee supports programs that increase faculty diversity and development to promote an open and inclusive campus climate for all faculty. 

Membership eligibility: Up to 8 faculty members in addition to the Chair, with at least 4 senior members, at least 1 representative of each faculty division, and at least 1 off-ladder member. Members are appointed by the FGP in consultation with the FDD Dean. The Dean is appointed by the Provost early in the semester prior to the end of the current Dean’s term, after soliciting nominations and self-nominations. The appointment will be made in consultation with the FDD Committee, the FGP and the ATP. Candidate selection will consider the applicant’s vision for and commitment to diversity.  


Chair: Monica L. Miller, Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development  
Shayoni Mitra '19
Celia Naylor '20
Marisa Buzzeo ’19
Seth Williams '19
Jue Guo '21
Chris Baswell '19
Najam Hadier '20
Jessica Goldstein '21

Faculty Tellers

Term length: 1-year term

Committee charge: Announces the results of fall and spring faculty elections at Faculty Meetings.

Membership eligibility: First-year members


TBD '19
TBD  '19

Health Professions Advisory Committee

Chair: Senior Associate Director, Health Professions 

Term length: 3-year term

Meeting time:  2x per month, fall; approximately 1x/week, spring

Committee charge: Committee members will gain in-depth knowledge of the health professional schools' admission standards and application process. In support of students applying to medical and dental schools, committee members will participate in the design and production of Committee Letters of Evaluation. Members will also serve to select recipients for the college's pre-medical honors/awards. Lastly, members will discuss and address any topics, issues and/or concerns related to the pre-health student population. 

Membership eligibility: 1 designated seat for a faculty member from the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics and Environmental Science. 1 faculty member from each of the four divisions. 



Faculty Members:


Biology: John Glendenning '21

Chemistry: Christian Rojas '19

Psychology: Kara Pham '21

Physics: Janna Levin '20

Environmental Science: Sedelia Rodriguez '21

Division I: VACANT SEAT ‘22

Division II: VACANT SEAT ‘22

Division IV: Taylor Carman '21

Division III: Lesley Sharp '21


Administrative Members:

Amanda Dye (Chair)

Natalie Friedman

Honor Board

Chair: Student, selected by student members of Honor Board

Adviser: Associate Dean for Equity

Term length: 2-year term

Meeting time: Monthly 

Committee charge: A tripartite committee which meets to discuss matters of academic integrity at the College and also as needed to hear cases involving allegations of Honor Code violations. 

Membership eligibility: 3 faculty members.  


Karen Lewis '20
Alice Reagan '20
Lesley Sharp '20

Institutional Research and Assessment Committee

Chair: One of the appointed faculty members

Term length: 2-year term, staggered

Meeting time: As needed.

Committee charge: The committee oversees and recommends policies on the sharing of data among campus constituencies, with a particular emphasis on data usage by the faculty. The committee advises the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment as needed and addresses the following issues: development and dissemination of policies and procedures for appropriate access to and sharing of institutional and departmental data; extension of role-based security (RBS) to the faculty, including individual faculty, department chairs, program directors, committees, and department assistants; coordination of survey calendars to assure that campus constituencies are not “over-surveyed” or surveyed about information that is already available through other sources; advising about priorities for data gathering and reporting as needed; determination of processes to address constituency concerns about the usage and privacy of campus data; advising regarding training programs and information sessions for end-users of data, particularly faculty and key administrative departments; and monitoring of the work of the Committee relative to the goals of improving access and utilization of campus data.

Membership eligibility: 3 full-time faculty members: one from Division II, one from Division III, and one from Division I or Division IV.


Sharon Harrison (Chair AY '18-'19)
Daniela De Silva '20
Wendy Schor- Haim '19 
Ellen Morris '20

Institutional Review Board

Chair: Senior Faculty Member from the Committee

Term length: 3-year term

Meeting time: Monthly, to discuss proposals, as needed.

Committee charge: The committee reviews all research proposals from Barnard College faculty, staff, and students who plan to conduct research involving human subjects. Forms can be found:

Membership eligibility: 3-4 faculty members, and at least 1 community representative. 


Robert Remez  (Chair AY '18-'19)
Sharon Harrison '19
Karen Lewis '20
Koleen McCrink '19
Jonathan Slon, Community Representative

Joint Faculty and Administrator Benefits Committee


Term length:  

Meeting time: 

Committee charge: 

Membership eligibility: 


Brian Mailloux 
Laura Kay
ALL FFRC Members

Judicial Council (currently inactive)

Chair: An Administrator

Term length: 2-year term

Meeting time: Fridays, as needed.

Committee charge: A tripartite committee which meets when needed to deal with matters of student misconduct or violations of College rules by students that are not appropriately dealt with by other disciplinary procedures. Committee to be reconstituted when necessary.

Membership eligibility: 6 faculty members, 1 from each of the four faculty divisions, plus 2 alternates.  

Medalist Committee

Chair: President Sian Beilock

Term length: One year 

Meeting time: Fridays, as needed

Committee charge: Develops list for Trustees of potential nominees to receive Barnard Medal of Distinction at Commencement.

Membership eligibility: 4 faculty members, including 1 from each of the four faculty divisions. 


Division I: TBD
Division II: TBD
Division III: TBD
Division IV: TBD

Mellon Postdoctoral Search Committee (currently inactive)

To be reconstituted when necessary.

Phi Beta Kappa Committee

Term length: 1-year term

Committee charge: Phi Beta Kappa Society is a national organization that celebrates outstanding undergraduate scholarship in the liberal arts. In both the fall and spring semesters, the Barnard Chapter oversees the election and initiation of seniors to Phi Beta Kappa.

Membership eligibility: Four faculty members, all members of Phi Beta Kappa, to serve as officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer). Officers are elected by Faculty members, who are members of the Society. 


Officers, Barnard Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
Richard Pious, President
Rachel Fell McDermott, Vice-President
Dina Merrer, Secretary
Ani Bournoutian, Treasurer

Senior Commencement Committee

Chair: Senior Class Dean

Term length: 2-year term

Meeting time: Twice a Month

Committee charge: A tripartite committee which advises the President on all matters related to commencement planning.

Membership eligibility: 1 faculty member.


Gail Archer '20

Student Life Committee

Chair: Dean of the College

Term length: 2-year term

Meeting time: 

Committee charge: A tripartite Committee which considers questions affecting quality of life and well being for students, including, but not limited to residential life, dining services, health and counseling services, and college activities. 

Membership eligibility: 2 faculty members, 3 administrators to be designated by the Dean of the College, and 4 students. 1 student shall be a member of the SGA executive board and the other 3 students shall be appointed by the SGA appointments committee and will include representation of at least two classes other than the senior class. The faculty members of this committee shall also serve as the faculty members on the Board of Trustees Committee on Student Life.


Lisa Northrop '20
Tim Halpin-Healy '20

Sustainable Practices Committee

Chair: Rob Goldberg, COO, Co- Chair and Sandra Goldmark, Director of Sustainability and Environment, Co- Chair 

Term length: 2-year 

Meeting time: Monthly

Committee charge: This tripartite committee involves students, faculty, and administrative staff in promoting sustainable practices campus-wide, and reducing the campus’ collective environmental footprint.

Membership eligibility: Two faculty members, two students to be appointed by the SGA, the Director of Facilities, and the Director of Campus Services Administration 


Ralph Ghoche '19
Jon Snow '19

Trustee Committee on Academic Affairs

Committee charge: Advises the President and the Board, at its request, with respect to issues of concern to the faculty and the academic affairs of the College, and may, as it deems appropriate, report and make recommendations to the Board with respect to such issues.


Faculty Representatives to the Board of Trustees

Trustee Committee on Campus Life

Committee charge: Advises the President and the Board, at its request, with respect to issues of concern to students and other members of the Barnard College community, and may, as it deems appropriate, report and make recommendations to the Board with respect to such issues.


Faculty Representatives to the Board of Trustees