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Instructor Guidelines

Instructor's Credentials

An instructor for a Gallatin Independent Study should be an NYU faculty member. In rare cases a professor from another university or college might be approved to instruct an Independent Study.

The Faculty Committee on Individualized Studies strongly urges students to locate NYU faculty to direct their independent study. In rare instances a student may seek to work with a professor at another institution. There is no guarantee that a non-NYU faculty member will be approved as an instructor of a Gallatin Independent Study. Students seeking to work with non-NYU faculty members must attach the professor’s curriculum vitae (CV) with the proposal form for review by the Faculty Committee on Individualized Studies.

The Role of the Instructor

The instructor should meet regularly with the student to discuss readings and provide feedback on writing assignments or other projects. The instructor will also be asked to notify the Gallatin Office of Advising by the middle of the term if he or she has any concerns about the student’s progress and performance. At the end of the term, the instructor assigns a letter grade.

Designing an Independent Study

Designing an independent study is an important part of the project, and together the student and instructor should discuss the aims and content of the study. The independent study proposal should include the study’s title, theme, readings, work to be submitted, and syllabus. Please use the Proposal Design Guidelines section of this Web page as a resource for designing the independent study.

Confirmation and Payment

Complete the Instructor Information section of the proposal form. This information is needed by Gallatin in order to compensate the instructor supervising the student’s work, as well as to provide grading materials to the instructor. If the instructor is not an NYU faculty member, the instructor’s curriculum vitae should be submitted with the proposal form.

Payment for the Independent Study is processed after the student has officially registered. Instructors are paid per credit for each student. An email confirming student registration and the payment amount will be sent to all instructors the forth week of semester. To confirm student registration in advance of the email please have the student bring a copy of his or her schedule to the first meeting. If you have any questions regarding payment before then, please contact Kathe Ann Joseph,

*Please Note: Instructors should not begin working with students until the student is officially registered.

Limitations and Other Policies

Faculty (full-time and part-time) are limited to supervising no more than five (5) Independent Study courses per term. (Fall, Spring, or Summer). As with a classroom course, independent studies have a minimum number of contact hours (for more details, please see the “Number of Credits and Meeting Hours” section of the Independent Study Proposal Guidelines.

** If at any point a situation arises that may complicate or prohibit the completion of the independent study, even if it is a minor complication, please contact Kathe Ann Joseph,  212-992-9822, immediately.


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