The Campaign for Teachers College, Columbia University
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Faculty and Program Support

The Campaign seeks $113 million to invest in faculty support and programs.

Key investments:

  • Support faculty at every level of their careers by enhancing funding for early career awards, post-doctoral research, professorships, and endowed chairs, and by growing the College’s innovation funds.
  • Invest in research and program initiatives that connect the dots between disciplines and fields to advance TC’s historic Legacy of Firsts and influence policy and practice in our leadership fields of education, health, and psychology.

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TC's faculty members have produced astonishing breakthroughs that have transformed - and brought together - policy and practice in education, health, and psychology.

Teacher College faculty are the teachers, the discoverers, and the innovators who produce research with impact and guide and inspire our students to achieve excellence. Our faculty have produced astonishing breakthroughs and developed fields of inquiry that have transformed policy and practice in education, health and psychology. 

In fact, TC’s proud “legacy of firsts” would not be possible without our talented, enterprising and dedicated faculty. TC faculty were the catalysts for entirely new fields such as special education, nursing education, nutrition education, conflict resolution, urban education, the study of gifted children, and international and comparative education.

Carrying our legacy forward requires that we attract and retain world-class scholars, teachers, and researchers who will create TC’s “future firsts,” as they build new fields of inquiry and achieve real-world influence and impact through innovative programs and partnerships.  

Learn more about TC's trailblazing faculty and programs:

  • Internationally respected education economist Henry Levin analyzes the cost-effectiveness of education policy and practice.
  • Professor Andrew Gordon developed a therapy for individuals with Cerebral Palsy that has markedly improved hand movement in children with the disease.
  • The  Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy – bringing together nutrition education and policy to build healthier communities throughout New York City, especially in high-need neighborhoods.
  • In the Neurocognition of Language Lab, TC is gaining critical insights into how the brain works – information that will shape – and reshape – teaching and learning in the years to come.  
  • Our Partnership Schools Consortium (REACH) supports six public schools in our Harlem community –and we want to expand that to 12 schools.
  • Click here to explore more faculty stories.
Mini moments with big thinkers

In "Mini Moments with Big Thinkers," leading figures in Teachers College's history discuss groundbreaking ideas, research and initiatives born at the College during the past half-century. The Mini Moments are drawn from the College’s Oral History Project, a collection of more than 90 videotaped interviews conducted by Melanie Shorin and Jessica Wiederhorn, the principals of The Narrative Trust, a private firm that conducts and captures the oral histories of institutions, communities and individuals.

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In Their Words - Faculty

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    “I believe every New Yorker deserves the chance to live a healthy, productive life.”
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Our Stories

Emdin, GZA on PBS Newshour With Rap Genius

Emdin, GZA on PBS Newshour With Rap Genius

Professor Christopher Emdin and GZA, the Rap Artist from the Wu Tang Clan, demonstrate their Rap Science B.A.T.T.L.E. contest at Bronx Compass High School.

Taking Student Health to Scale

Taking Student Health to Scale

Last year, when Colorado began offering a new public school program that enables kids to grab breakfast off a lobby cart and chow down during their first-period classes, some teachers and administrators raised concerns.

Robots That Get it Wrong

Robots That Get it Wrong

To err is human -- but machines can do it, too. Sandra Okita believes we can learn from their mistakes