Academic Appointments

Instructional Titles and Appointments

Faculty members are those appointed to academic positions as officers of instruction.  They hold a doctorate or its professional equivalent.  Please visit Arts & Sciences Instructional Appointments for more information.

The following are common titles hired in ISERP:


  • Professor of (department)
  • Associate Professor of (department)
  • Assistant Professor of (department)

Special Instructional

  • Instructor in (department)
  • Senior lecturer in (department)
  • Lecturer in (department)
  • Associate in (department)

Research Titles and Appointments

Appointments as officers of research may be made to the grades defined in the University Statutes.  Please visit Arts & Sciences Research Appointments for more information.

The following are common titles hired in ISERP:

Professional Officers of Research:

  • Includes: Research/ Associate Research/Senior Research Scientist
  • Design and carry out experiments, analyze data, publish independently or as a co-author
  • Senior Research Scientists may serve as PI Perform project-related research duties (not administrative)
  • Title requires PhD, qualifications equivalent to those of tenure-track faculty (Assistant/Associate/Full)

Staff Officers of Research:

  • Includes: Staff/Senior Staff Associate
  • Assist faculty or Professional Officers of Research
  • Carry out assigned duties in design, adaptation of relevant technology into experiments, data collection (clinical) and analysis, client service
  • Perform project-related duties (not administrative)
  • Requires Bachelor’s degree, min 4 years of relevant work experience (8 years for Senior Staff Associates)

Postdoctoral Officers of Research:

  • Includes: Postdoctoral research scientists/scholars/ fellow
  • Participate in design and carry-out of experiments, data collection and analysis
  • PhD or equivalent is required to continue research training

Note: This list does not include all comprehensive titles at Columbia, but is a summary of the ones most frequently used at ISERP. If your prospective hire does not fit in any of these categories, please reach out to us at You can also find a full list of academic titles in the Faculty Handbook.

For more information on academic appointments, please visit the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs.



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