Preparing and Teaching Classes


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Sample Syllabus 

Our sample syllabus contains the structure, categories, language, and formatting that you must use as a guide to tailor for your syllabus. The template uses digitally-accessible characteristics, which is required of all Wagner syllabi. For content purposes, can also preview other syllabi here. Contact if you have any questions regarding your syllabus.

Uploading Syllabi

Within the Faculty and Staff Portal of Wagner website, you can upload your digitally-accessible syllabus, where it will be available to students (the page is password protected).

Ordering Books

You can place orders with the NYU Bookstore in one of two ways: 1) Use Follett Discover: log in to NYU Classes and click on “NYU Bookstore” in the left-hand navigation column to begin. If you choose to use this system, please view this tutorial. 2) Email the bookstore directly at, including course/section number, book title, author, edition/year, and ISBN. You can also place printed course materials on reserve at Bobst Library and audio/visual materials on reserve at the Avery Fisher Center.

Copyright Law

NYU has a website and offers helpful workshops on copyright law, permissions, and Fair Use.

NYU Classes

NYU Classes is an advanced online blackboard system that you will use to distribute your syllabus to students,post assignments and materials, foster dialogue and interaction, and much more.

Albert (Faculty Center)

Here you can find your class roster (with student photos available at the beginning of the semester) and classroom location, and enter student grades. The grade posting option will be made available at the end of the semester. (If your course meets in the first half of the semester the grade roster will be available soon after your final class meeting).

Classroom Photos + A/V Demo and Training via Campus Media 

Search for your classroom to see photos, available technological equipment, and room capacity. Classroom Media Services also provides equipment demonstrations for Classroom Media AV equipment throughout each semester and training classes for professors before the start of each semester. Call them at 212.998.2655 or fill out an Equipment Request Form to arrange for a one-on-one demonstration.

Guest Speakers

To ensure that guest speakers visiting your class can easily access our buildings, please email Public Safety at with the guest's name, your class name, time, and classroom location. That information will be forwarded to the Public Safety Officers of your building. The guest speaker must present a photo ID to security and will be allowed access to your classroom. It's best to submit this request 3 business days before the class session. (Please note, Wagner does not provide honoraria to guest speakers.)


Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Resources (EDI)

Wagner is committed to promoting the values of EDI in public service and to bringing an EDI lens to the various domains that shape our institutional culture and help advance our mission. This webpage is a collection of resources for faculty to create an inclusive classroom environment.  

The Center for Faculty Advancement and Teaching & Learning Services (TLT)

The Center for Faculty Advancement partners with Teaching, Learning & Technology (TLT) to offer a variety of resources to foster learning communities among NYU faculty and to support them in their teaching. TLT offers a variety of central resources to support your teaching needs, including instructional designers, emerging tools and educational research.

Wagner’s Teaching in Progress (TIP) Workshops

TIP engages in peer learning to enhance our teaching—in general and especially as it relates to issues of identity, diversity, and inclusion. In each session, a faculty member brings a knotty question or experience (a mini-case) to the group. We dig in and see what we can learn from the conversation (rather than simply giving advice to the faculty member). In the past, case writers have brought difficult class interactions, questions about how to teach a particular race-related topic, or a design of a syllabus. Led by Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Service Thom Blaylock, TIP workshops typically occur twice per semester and you will be invited via email after the start of the semester.

Course Evaluations/Mid-Semester Feedback

All faculty are required to conduct mid-semester feedback in their classes. You will be prompted to do so by an email from Rajeev Dehejia. Feedback does not have to be shared with anyone on staff or faculty, it merely serves as a temperature check with students. You will be given a template you can use, or you can use your own tool. Approximately two weeks before the end of the term, course evaluations will open. Course evaluations are facilitated through Albert and are anonymous. We ask that faculty set aside 5 minutes at the end of their last class to allow students to complete their evaluations, which are mobile friendly.

Program Director and Specialization Heads

Wagner's program directors and specialization heads are a helpful resource regarding questions about Wagner's curriculum and teaching. There is a program director for each of our Health, PNP, and Executive programs within the MPA degree. There is also a program director for our MUP, MSPP, and PhD degrees. Specialization heads oversee each of our finance, international, management, and policy specializations within the Health and PNP programs, and our social innovation, investment and innovation (aka SI3) and advocacy specializations, which exist only in our PNP program. 

We support the effective use of technology and design in teaching initiatives. Learn about instructional technology tools and services available at NYU Wagner and view examples of technology-based enhancements for courses.

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Grading Scale and Policy

Academic Code

All students are required to review and acknowledge Wagner's Academic Oath explaining academic integrity policies and procedures prior to the beginning of classes. NYU also has an Academic Integrity Policy that students must abide by.

Grading Rubric 

A sample grading rubric which you may use as a guide.

Grade Distribution

Faculty may request grade distribution history of their course. Please contact to request.

Peer Evaluation Form

A sample peer evaluation form you may use as a guide, we strongly recommend using this if your course has a significant group project.

Entering Grades



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