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Learning & Development

The Learning & Development team is pleased to promote the personal and professional development of all faculty and staff.

Our variety of low-cost, high-quality programs covers a broad spectrum, from practical business skills to leadership training, for individuals and groups:

We look forward to having you participate in our professional development opportunities. We welcome your comments, and encourage you to contact us directly if you have any questions or feedback, at hrlearning@columbia.edu.

We are happy to announce our spring course lineup is now available! The Spring Calendar offerings have been designed to help promote individual development, manager and supervisor skills, as well as work and team productivity.

Developing Your SELF
Managing Your CAREER
Managing Your TEAM

If you have questions or feedback, please contact Learning & Development Director Alysa Turkowitz at hrlearning@columbia.edu.

*NEW* Courses and Course Pairings
Please note that there are a few *NEW* courses that have been added to the calendar to meet your professional needs.  Also, you will notice that some of the courses are recommended to be taken in “pairs.” These pairings have been designed to help you build upon skills learned within a particular area and although not required, it is highly recommended to take paired courses to maximize your learning within a particular area.

Download a quick PDF snapshot of our Spring classes! 


Turn any desk into the classroom: Skills @ Columbia gives you 24/7 access to thousands of online courses. These online courses are offered through SkillSoft, our external vendor partner, and are available to you anytime, anywhere. There is no need to register, just log in, search and take a class free of charge. 

Launch Skills @ Columbia now. All you need is your UNI and password to propel you into a gateway of online learning, at no charge to you, anytime, anywhere.

We also invite you to explore the resources on Books 24x7. There are a variety of topics and titles that supplement our classroom training curriculum. To access Books 24x7,  log in to Skills @ Columbia and click  the Books 24x7 link on the upper right hand of the Skills @ Columbia home screen page.

Along with our free Skills @ Columbia courses and Books 24x7, online training through lynda.com is available to all Columbia faculty and staff wishing to learn more software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Maintaining a positive work environment, and promoting a workplace free from discrimination and harassment, supports the academic and research mission of the University by ensuring all members of our community can contribute to their fullest potential.

The online training program, "Doing the Right Thing," was developed collaboratively by colleagues across the University in accord with Columbia's Equal Employment Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policies and Procedures on Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Harassment.  

There are two courses available, one for managers and one for staff. Newly hired or promoted administrative officers and non-union support staff are expected to take the appropriate course within one month of their hire or promotion date.  Click here for more information.

Orientation is a timely opportunity for all new Faculty and Staff to explore life and resources at Columbia, as well as to learn about the benefits that suit your personal needs. This program is a helpful way to start employment on the right informational track.

Sometimes your school or department’s training needs can only be met through programs that are custom designed for your team. This might be due to a variety of factors — including content requirements, composition of your team members, number of staff, or other reasons.

We facilitate the professional development of schools and departments through a variety of services including customized training courses, leadership development programs, business planning, team-building sessions, staff retreats and meeting facilitation. Any member of our team would be pleased to meet with you to discuss the variety of consulting services available to your school or department.  

Our Leadership Development programs have been designed specifically for Columbia University faculty and staff.  Some programs are offered on a dedicated basis for teams within schools and departments. Other programs are offered as part of our spring and fall classroom learning calendar sessions that are open to individual participants. Click here for more information on our Leadership Development offerings.

Working at Columbia University in a management or supervisory role is a rewarding and unique experience. Whether you are promoted or hired into a management or supervisory position, success for you and your team is based on your ability to work in a decentralized, diverse and sometimes complex environment.

To help you better understand the University landscape, we have created a program called Navigating Columbia University as a New Manager/Supervisor.


Read what your colleagues have to say about their positive experiences with Learning & Development, and share your feedback with us.


We are located in the state-of-the-art Studebaker Building in Manhattanville. Our address is:

HR Learning and Development
615 West 131st Street, MC 8709
Studebaker 4th Floor
New York, NY 10027
(212) 851-7216

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