Academic Titles


Columbia University faculty includes Officers of Instruction and Officers of Research. Within each of these categories, there is a different sequence of academic titles and requirements for promotion.

Officers of Research are solely involved in research, teaching is not required. Officers of Instruction are required to teach, but may or may not be involved in research. The Academic Ranks for each type of officer are listed below.

Officers of Instruction

  • Instructor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Professor

Officers of Research

  • Associate Research Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • Senior Research Scientist