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School of Professional Studies | Part-Time Faculty

Through our scholar-practitioner model, SPS is committed to ensuring the highest level of education with faculty who are research-focused and executive experts.

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Lecturers at Columbia University School of Professional Studies are officers of instruction with substantial professional experience and accomplishments who possess the doctorate or its professional equivalent.  As primary instructor for a course section, a Lecturer is responsible for teaching, providing subject matter expertise, and ensuring academic quality and academic integrity. 


An Associate is a faculty line that supports a Lecturer, facilitating classroom discussions, leading breakout sessions, and providing content-specific expertise. Associates are graduate degree holders with applied professional experience related to the course of instruction.

Staff Associate

Partnering with an Instructional Designer and the Curriculum & Instruction team, a Staff Associate brings a new course from concept to the classroom. Some Staff Associates move into a Lecturer role to teach a course they helped develop.

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