Getting Ready to Teach
All Stern faculty are required to take certain steps before each semester to prepare for your courses. General information is provided below.Please note that individual academic departments may have also established their own policies and procedures around class preparation. Please reach out to your department administrator with any questions about these policies.
Creating Your SyllabusAt a minimum, every course syllabus should include the following:
- The course name, number, section, term/year, and instructor
- Instructor and Teaching Fellow office hours and contact information
- Course prerequisites
- Class meeting dates and times
- Course description, objectives, and topics that will be addressed
- Required materials and instructions on how to aquire them
- An overview of how students will be evaluated, how feedback will be provided, and how grades can be appealed
- Dates of exams, assignment deadlines, and policies about assignment submission
- Policies about classroom behavior, including attendance, lateness, laptops, etc.
- A reminder about the Stern Code of Conduct
- Language about accommodations for students with disabilities (see below)
Please include the following language in your syllabus regarding disability accommodations:
If you will require academic accommodation of any kind during this course, you must notify me at the beginning of the course (or as soon as your need arises) and provide a letter from the Moses Center for Student Accessibility (212-998-4980, firstname.lastname@example.org) verifying your registration and outlining the accommodations they recommend. For more information, visit the CSA website: https://www.nyu.edu/students/communities-and-groups/student-accessibili…
Posting Your SyllabusIf you are teaching a graduate course, you will receive an email from the Office of Records & Registration prior to the start of each semester with instructions on how to upload your syllabus to their website. Syllabi are posted for students to review during the registration process, as this helps them design their schedule and provides them with an understanding of expectations for your class.
You must submit your course material requests to the NYU Bookstore prior to every semester in which you are teaching. This process can be completed in NYU Brightspace, the University's LMS, by following the instructions here. It is important to submit your course material requests in a timely manner so the Bookstore can have enough inventory available to students for purchase.
Textbooks and Course Materials
Faculty also have the option to place their required course materials on Course Reserve through the NYU Library. Visit the Library website for instructions. Please note that Course Reserve request deadlines typically fall about a month in advance of semester start dates.