The Barnard-Columbia Relationship in Economics

This document provides information for candidates interested in academic positions in the Economics Department at Barnard College. It describes the nature of the affiliation between Barnard and Columbia University, with particular emphasis on the implications of this relationship for research and teaching. The information is organized under the following topics.

 Undergraduate Teaching Graduate Teaching & Dissertation Advising Seminar Workshops Library, Internet and Fitness Resources Teaching & Research Assistants | Promotion and Tenure]


Undergraduate Teaching

Undergraduate classes at Barnard include students from both Barnard and Columbia.  In introductory and standard core courses the majority of students are from Barnard. In upper-level electives the representation of Columbia students is greater, and occasionally some classes contain more students from Columbia than from Barnard. It is almost always the case that women constitute a clear majority of students in Barnard courses.

Barnard and Columbia students are free to take courses in either of the two colleges. During the 2016-17 academic year, there were a total of 347 enrollments by Barnard students in Columbia economics courses and a total of 396 enrollments by Columbia students in Barnard economics courses. The Barnard economics department therefore had a positive balance of trade of 49 enrollments. Total enrollment in Barnard economics courses was 1477, so Columbia students account for about 27% of total enrollment in Barnard economics courses.

A list of courses taught by Barnard and Columbia faculty during the current academic year may be seen on the homepage of the Columbia Registrar.


Graduate Teaching & Dissertation Advising

Senior Barnard Faculty occasionally teach graduate courses in the Columbia Economics Department and sometimes serve as main advisors (sponsors) for doctoral dissertations of Columbia graduate students.

Junior faculty members do not generally teach graduate students or sponsor dissertations, but often serve as members of dissertation committees.

 Seminar Workshops

There are several research seminars a week in the Columbia Economics Department featuring visiting speakers. Barnard Faculty members are welcome to attend any of these. Those interested in meeting with visiting speakers may arrange to do so with seminar organizers. Barnard faculty members may also present their own research at such seminars, again by arrangement with the organizers.

The main weekly Seminar Workshops are in Micro Theory, Applied Micro Research Methods, Monetary Economics, Economic Theory, Political Economy, Applied Micro Theory, Organizations and Strategy, Money and Macro, Industrial Organization, Econometrics, International Economics, Financial Economics, Applied Micro and Labor, International Trade, Development, Economic Fluctuations, and Economic History. The last of these is one of seventy-five University Seminars at Columbia University, which allow for intellectual interaction across traditional departmental lines.

There are also a number of regular seminars held at the Columbia Business School.

Library, Internet, & Fitness Resources

Barnard Faculty members have unrestricted access to all Columbia Libraries and all Electronic Resources to which these libraries subscribe. This includes IP controlled internet access to EconLit, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and most current Journals.

Barnard faculty are given a Barnard email account as well as a Columbia UNI (University Network Identity) in order to access restricted online Columbia resources.  All electronic resources and email accounts can be accessed through internet connections worldwide.

The Dodge Fitness Center at Columbia is also fully accessible to Barnard Faculty. This facility offers a gymnasium, fitness equipment (aerobic and weight training), squash and handball courts, swimming pool and diving area, indoor running track, tennis courts, and sauna. Barnard has its own exercise equipment room which may be used by faculty at selected times.

Teaching and Research Assistants

Barnard Faculty members are provided with teaching assistants and/or graders for most introductory and intermediate theory courses, as well as many upper-level electives. Teaching assistants and graders are graduate students enrolled in various local universities such as NYU, The New School, CUNY Graduate Center, Columbia University, and the Columbia Graduate School of Business. They are responsible for grading, teaching recitation or review sessions, and holding office hours. Some courses with very large enrollments may have multiple teaching assistants.

Faculty who have obtained either internal or external grant funding for hiring research assistants typically hire Barnard undergraduate or Columbia graduate students.

Promotion and Tenure

The Columbia Economics Department plays a significant role in the process of promotion and tenure. This includes a role in the determination of the list of outside referees as well as an internal evaluation of the candidate's research. Activities that expose the Columbia Economics Faculty to the research of their Barnard counterparts (such as presentations in Columbia's Seminar Workshops) can therefore be important to the long-term success of a candidate at this institution.

All tenure decisions must be approved by the Barnard Committee on Appointment, Tenure and Promotions (ATP) and subsequently by a University Tenure Review Advisory Committee that is composed of both Barnard and Columbia senior faculty members.