Adjunct Faculty Guide

One of the most important parts of teaching a class is being properly prepared.  The following resources will explore course listings, ordering textbooks and course packs, reserving library materials and submitting the syllabi.

Finding Your Course

The following link will allow you to browse all Wagner Courses. For each course, you may view the syllabi that have been submitted by the classes instructors as well as evaluations of the faculty teaching those courses. There are also links to the full undergraduate and graduate course lists ordered only by course number.

To view the most up-to-date list of NYU classes, including times and locations, log in to NYU Albert. Albert is also the system you will use to enter in class grades at the end of the term.

Submitting Your Syllabi

Each course at Wagner requires a course syllabus. All course syllabi will be posted on the web, and must be distributed on the first day of class. You must also submit your syllabus online by the end of the first week of class

The syllabus is the major means of communication regarding course objectives and requirements. Every syllabus should contain the following components:

  • 1. Course title, course number, meeting day and time
  • 2. Course objectives
  • 3. Book titles and/or readings required for the course
  • 3. Dates the course will meet and reading assignments required for those dates
  • 4. Dates of exams and/or paper submissions
  • 5. How grades will be determined
  • 6. Your contact information, including when and how you plan to hold office hours

We also ask that you attach copies of Wagner's Academic Honesty Policy, Grading Guidelines and Incomplete Policy, or at least reference them in your syllabus. If this is your first teaching assignment at Wagner it is important that you have the Program Director or your faculty liaison review your syllabus and answer questions regarding the content and quantity of course assignments.

If you require assistance preparing your syllabus, please contact Craig Schott. Once you approve his revisions, he will ensure that copies for your class are ready and placed in your mailbox. In order to ensure that your syllabus is ready on time, please allow three weeks for the syllabus to be typed and prepared.

Ordering Your Textbooks

It is important to order books for students at least six weeks before classes begin. The link below will allow you to requisition books online directly from the NYU Professional Bookstore. 

Reserving Your Readings

In order to accommodate students who may not be able to obtain copies of class materials, NYU's Bobst Library has a Course Reserve service where you may reserve materials for your class. It is important to put at least one copy of your readings on reserve before the beginning of your semester.

The Course Reserve is not limited to textbooks. Through the links below to their online service, you can request reservations of:

  • Textbooks
  • Media - videos, audio or musical scores
  • Links to e-content
  • NYU Coursepacks
  • Personal books
  • Personal videos, audio or DVDs
  • Photocopies

Note: There are restrictions on the items that you can place on reserve. Visit the Bobst Course Reserve page for a comprehensive list of acceptable items as well as a step-by-step guide to reserving materials. Use the Reserve Form to go straight to reserving materials.

Creating Your Course Pack

As an adjunct, you want to provide your students with the best, most relevant materials, but you also want to steer clear of copyright infringements. Fortunately, the NYU Bookstores will handle these complex matters for you. Their Coursepack service allows instructors to submit collected materials for copyright evaluation, compilation and publishing. In order to assure that materials are recieved in time to clear all copyright questions, it is important to submit these materials by the stated deadline:

  • Term Target Dates for Course Pack Materials
    Spring First Monday in November
    Summer First Monday in April
    Fall First Monday in July

The following links will take you to the NYU Bookstore's Course Pack site, and to their Course Pack Request Form, respectively. If you have any questions about the course pack creation process, please contact Kimberly Ingram at x53054.