April 2020: Guide to Best Practices for Departmental Climate

Dear Faculty, Administrators, and Staff,

We hope that you are doing well during these challenging times, and we appreciate everyone’s spirit of generosity and resiliency in adapting to a new way of life as colleagues, family members, and as members of the Columbia University community.

In response to our shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of the Provost released on March 30th, the Best Practices for Inclusive Remote Work in the Academy as an addendum to the Guide to Best Practices for Departmental Climate we shared with you at the beginning of March. This addendum will equip faculty and administrators to switch rapidly to working remotely in response to a crisis. The practices and insights offer a framework to rethink how we teach, conduct research, and perform service during a contingency period while collectively maintaining a climate of inclusive excellence. 

We appreciate your support in sharing this link with your colleagues to help increase the visibility of this effort. Our collective goal is to foster an environment that helps to improve the fabric of our academic and professional lives, enhances the collegiality and intellectual collaboration of faculty, administrators, and staff, whether we are on-campus or working remotely.

If you have any questions, please feel free to share your feedback and comments to Jennifer Goez, Senior Director, Faculty Recruitment and Communications Strategy, jennifer.goez@columbia.edu.

Best Practices for Inclusive Remote Work_0.pdf 

TOOL A – Identifying Technology Needs.docx 

TOOL B – Prioritizing Commitments and Activities.docx 

TOOL C – Communications Protocol.docx