Parsons

Information for Faculty

  • The links below provide information and resources for full-time and part-time faculty at Parsons.
    Additional information may be found on The New School’s Information for Faculty page and Resources & Services A to Z.


  • Teaching Resources

    Getting Started

    To follow is comprehensive information intended to serve as a Checklist for the start-of-term. Some items are provided for new faculty, in particular.

      Attend New Faculty Orientation and Review Resources

      Prior to the start of the Fall and Spring semesters, the University hosts a required orientation for all newly hired or rehired part-time faculty members. It provides an overview of topics regarding best practices in teaching, getting started for the semester, overview of the part-time faculty union, benefits, general pay, student services and important academic information. Returning faculty are also welcome to attend.

      Access Your Email

      All faculty, staff, and students have an @newschool.edu email address. You can access your email by logging into my.newschool.edu. As faculty, you are expected to check this email account regularly as it is used as the primary means of communication from your program, the dean’s office, and the university as a whole. All official correspondence (including communication with students) must be done through your New School email address.

      Access HR Services via MyDay

      MyDay, a cloud-based system that provides key Human Resources services, supports New School employees by providing data in real time, allowing for quick access to reliable information. You may use it to: view your user profile, update your personal information, view pay stubs and breakdown of compensation, view and acknowledge appointment letters, and view and change current benefit elections (once eligible and enrolled).

      Complete Tutorials

      Faculty are asked to complete the tutorials described below. Tutorials are available online and may be completed on or off campus.

        FERPA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, with which The New School complies, was enacted to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading statements.

      Members of the university community must also complete the following tutorials annually through WorkPlace Answers:

        Unlawful Harassment Prevention for Higher Education Staff
        Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence Plus: Title IX, VAWA, Clery Act and
        Enough is Enough for New York Faculty and Staff

      Obtain Your NetID

      All faculty are issued an identification number, or “N” number. Your N number along with your last name will allow you to look up your NetID. Your NetID, a username such as “ParsJ123,” is your key to technology services at The New School. Your NetID is used to log into my.newschool.edu and your New School email account, to print in the Academic Technology labs, to access the newschoolnet wireless network and other technology services, and to log into the office computing network.

      Obtain Your ID Card (NEWCARD)

      You will need your faculty ID card, or newcard, to enter all New School buildings and to access New School library services. To obtain your card, you can upload a high-resolution passport-style photo to the photo portal. You will be notified when your card is ready for pick up at Campus Card Services, located at 72 Fifth Avenue (at 13th Street), lower level. You will need a valid photo ID (state drivers license, state photo ID, or passport) in order to pick up your card.

      Save These Contacts to Your Cell Phone

      You may wish to save these important numbers to your cell phone, for reference.

        After-Hours Nurse Advice Line (24 hours): 212.229.1671 x1
        Campus Security (24 hours): 212.229.7001
        Medical and Counseling Services: 212.229.1671
        Student Support and Crisis Management: 212.229.5900 x3189 -- for non-medical advice and support.

      Submit Your CV or Résumé

      All faculty are expected to submit their CVs/résumés to the university annually. Labor Relations sends out a call with instructions each Fall. The university relies on submitted CVs/résumés when assigning courses and conducting "look arounds" for eligible annual, grandparented, and multi-year faculty. As such, it should be as detailed as possible and include up-to-date information regarding your most recent accomplishments, education, and relevant work experience including dates. [In accord with Article IX, N of the collective bargaining agreement between ACT-UAW, Local 7902 and The New School.]

      Submit Your Syllabus

      In addition to providing a copy to students by the first day of class, you are expected to post your syllabus to Canvas and to provide a final digital copy to your school or program by the end of the first week of classes. Your program will provide instructions for submission. The syllabi should be saved as either a Microsoft Word document or an Adobe Acrobat PDF and named as follows:

        SUBJ_CRSE_SEC_FACULTY_SEM
        [e.g. PUDM_1100_A_LASTNAME_F18]

      See “Designing and Creating Your Syllabus” for more information.

      Update Your Contact Information and Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

      Please provide up-to-date contact information through my.newschool.edu by selecting the “Employee” tab and then “Personal Information” under “Self Service”.

      New School Alerts is a notification system designed to provide mass communication to the university community regarding potential or actual emergencies. The system will send messages to cell phones (text and voice), landlines, and email addresses during a crisis or urgent situation affecting The New School. The system might be used, for example, to alert The New School community about weather-related school closings or a situation that could affect safety on campus. You may update your Alerts Contact Info in my.newschool.edu, under the “Services” tab.

      Visit MY.NEWSCHOOL.EDU

      my.newschool.edu is the online portal housing a wealth of information and resources for students, faculty and staff. By signing into my.newschool.edu with your username and password, you will be able to access all other New School platforms that pertain to your work with the University. This includes, but is not limited to, your email, Canvas, Starfish, MyDay, student course evaluations, alerts and announcements, events, Self Service, library resources, building hours, academic calendars, class rosters, room assignments, AV services, class schedules and more.

      Updating Your Faculty Bio

      The system for maintaining your faculty listing on the Parsons website allows you to directly access and update your individual biographical content. Please read below for instructions and related notes.

      Your Current Faculty Page

      To view your current faculty page, visit the Parsons Faculty page and select your name from the list.

      Access Page

      To update your bio and related information, such as research interests and portfolio, visit the University Faculty Bio Manager

      Login Credentials

      Your login credentials consist of your username (such as ParsJ123) and your password associated with your New School username.

      Photos

      The photo associated with your faculty profile page is the photo of you that appears in the university directory. To change it, refer to University Directory FAQs. Other exceptions cannot be made at this time.

      Please note: Google search results may show an older photo even after you update your directory photo to a new one. Older photos will eventually clear out of search results, but the amount of time that it takes for this to happen can vary widely. This is not something that Parsons can fix or control. The more frequently your updated profile page is visited, the more quickly older versions should clear out of search results.

      Name, Title, Contact Information, Topics/Categories, and Current Courses

      The system automatically pulls your name, title, contact information, and current courses from the data that populates the university directory. To update these fields, please refer to and follow the procedures outlined in the University Directory FAQs. To update your Topics and Categories, please select your areas of focus under this section by selecting each checkbox that applies, which will allow for users to search faculty by areas of interest. 

      Designing and Creating Your Syllabus

      The following information is intended to guide the design and creation of your course syllabus. You may also wish to review “Resources for Teaching” to support your planning. The syllabus should define expectations for students at the start of each semester and should include what they may expect from the course and you, the instructor. In addition to providing a copy to students by the first day of class, you are expected to post it to Canvas and to provide a final digital copy to your school or program by the end of the first week of classes.

      Your school or program may have provided you with a partially populated syllabus template for your particular course. If not, you are asked to use the standardized Syllabus Template which conforms to our Syllabus Requirements. Please note: our attendance guidelines depend on a clear articulation of standards for “active participation” in your class. Thus, these should be carefully noted in your syllabus.

        Academic Calendar and Class Session Dates

        Please refer to the University Academic Calendar for key dates. You may also wish to refer to Class Session Dates for dates, by the day of the week, in order to populate your syllabus.

        Curriculum Information

        The School Curriculum Committees maintain sites to support the sharing of vital curriculum information including templates for required courses.

      Course Information

      You may find key course information, including the published course description, in the University Course Catalog. Continuing education courses may be found via the Continuing Education Registration System.

      Course Materials and Costs

      Please be mindful of the cost of materials associated with coursework, especially in consideration of the varied economic backgrounds of our students. Work with your program director or course coordinator to resolve questions concerning your syllabus, including those related to required materials.

      Classroom Assignments

      You may confirm your classroom assignment via the course catalog or via my.newschool.edu. You may wish to review the campus map as well as building hours. Classroom assignments are not always finalized until the start-of-term so please confirm your room just prior to your first class session. All classes have been carefully assigned to rooms according to size and other attributes as defined by the school or program housing the course. Occasionally, it is necessary to move a class during the first few weeks of the term. Your program will notify you of such a change. Though it may appear that a room is available, please do not change classrooms. Different courses follow different calendars and meeting times. While a room may appear free, it is likely to have been assigned to another course.

      Ordering Your Books and Supplies

      Our library’s textbook ordering service is available for when instructors want their students to each purchase their own copy of a book for class. (To have the library purchase a copy that your students share or access electronically, please use our reserves service.) Request books through Canvas. They will be stocked at Barnes & Noble's Union Square location.

      1. Log in to your Canvas course page.
      2. In the Bookstore Order section, click on "Order items" and complete the form for each item you would like to order.
      3. Barnes & Noble will order as many copies as there are students in your class.
      4. Please allow at least 2 weeks for the books to arrive.

      View our textbook ordering tutorial, or Ask Us if you have any questions.

      Structuring Class Time

      Generally speaking, you should allot one 15-minute break per class in a three-hour session. Six-hour classes typically take several breaks, including a slightly longer one if over the lunch hour. If you have additional questions, please see your program director, coordinator, or part-time faculty manager for guidance.

      Supporting ESL Students

      Parsons offers Language Supported sections of some core courses, designed for students for whom English is a second language. LS courses have the same content as non-LS courses but pay extra attention to vocabulary and cultural references and provide support for reading and writing. Students engage with the materials in a supportive and dynamic learning environment as they become acclimated to the U.S. educational context, culture, and expectations. Parsons LS faculty possess training specific to both the content area and the language support focus. Their resource site is available to all faculty. Faculty report that these resources and methods have expanded their approach to teaching, benefiting both non-native and native speaking students.

      Resources for Teaching

      Adobe Creative Cloud

      Adobe Creative Cloud is available for on-campus use in all computer labs and in all faculty and staff offices. As a faculty member, you also have the option to download Adobe Creative Cloud for at-home use on personal devices. Visit the IT page listed above for more information and download instructions.

      Art Collection

      The university art collection, now grown to approximately 2,000 postwar and contemporary works of art installed throughout campus, includes examples in almost all media by some of the most innovative and creative artists of our time. As a curricular resource for all areas of study, the collection conserves, interprets, and presents works of art to the students, faculty, and greater community.

      Canvas - Learning Management System

      Canvas provides secure spaces for posting readings and other documents, holding class discussions, collecting and grading assignments, etc. In all Canvas courses there is a “Canvas How To” link on the course menu. This leads to a page of frequently asked questions with directions. You may also schedule a one-on-one tutorial.

      Classroom Supplies

      For general supplies (i.e.blue books, push pins, tape, chalk, erase markers, etc.) you may check in with your school or program’s staff.

      Computer Labs

      Information Technology provides various Technology Labs across campus. Their website includes a list of Technology Lab locations and site specific technology tools, services, and features.

      Course Sites and Blogs for Faculty

      You may use Campus Press, a Wordpress platform, to create your own class blog, teaching portfolio, or resource site. You can get started here: portfolio.newschool.edu/resources. Creating a site of your own is a great way to get to know the tools that your students will be using. For an example of a course website designed in Campus Press, here’s a link to Full-time faculty and CUE Director, John Roach’s elective called Sound Matters.

      Excursions and Field Trips

      You may arrange for a class to go on a field trip if you feel that it would enrich the classroom experience. When teaching class in a location other than the assigned classroom, faculty members are required to provide the date, time, and location or destination of the class. For excursions throughout New York CIty's five boroughs, please inform students of this information at least one week in advance and indicate any additional entry fees or travel expenses. Be sure to communicate with your program contact so that they can post a sign on your door the day of your trip. Include the date of visits/workshops on your syllabus as additional reminders for your students. Field trips outside of classroom time cannot be made mandatory, as students may have other class obligations. Please review the New School Excursion Policy for more information on university-sponsored excursions. For excursions outside of New York City, please email ParsonsDean@newschool.edu.

      Faculty Resource Center

      Located in the University Center on the third floor (63 Fifth Avenue, room 308 A- D), the Mary and Michael Gellert Faculty Resource Center is a space where faculty may check email, print out documents, and copy handouts. By reserving a conference room, faculty may hold office hours in the Faculty Resource Center. All active part-time faculty can access the center using their Newcard. If you are not able to access the center with your Newcard, contact the part-time faculty manager for your school.

      Fabric Donations

      Please contact the manager for the School of Fashion regarding fabric donations and inquiries.

      Guest Speakers, Lecturers and Critics

      If you wish to invite a guest speaker to your class, please discuss your intentions with your coordinator or program director. Please note that guest speakers are not to be used as substitutes. You are expected to attend and run the class to which a guest has been invited, take attendance, introduce the guest speaker, and moderate any related activities such as Q&As.

      Laptop Requirements (BFA Students Only)

      Please note that students have entered the Parsons undergraduate first year with a computer that is capable of running the demanding Creative Cloud applications that we require. While some courses integrate the laptop more completely than others, you can, regardless of the course you are teaching, ask your students to bring their computers if it will aid them in their work.

      Learning Portfolio

      The Parsons undergraduate curriculum was designed with the expectation that the Learning Portfolio would be integrated into a student’s education and provide a place to reflect on the varied experiences at the university. The portfolio should be used by students to capture their final finished work as well as their process. Every student will create a single Learning Portfolio collecting work from all of their courses, continuing to take shape throughout their time at Parsons. You may wish to review documentation from info sessions and workshops or see some examples of how faculty have used the Learning Portfolio in their teaching.

      Libraries and E-Reserves

      The University Library provides essential services for faculty including Reserves, in-class research instruction, and purchases of recommended material. Go to the Youtube playlist for an Introduction to the Libraries and Archives and to learn how to use BobCat, the library catalog. New faculty can schedule a one-on-one consultation to learn about the Libraries and Archives. A library orientation is given to all Parsons first-year bachelor’s students as part of the core curriculum.

      Lynda.com

      Lynda.com, which offers online software instruction and professional development tutorials, is available to New School students, faculty, and staff. Once you have created a user profile on the site, you can also access Lynda.com through mobile and tablet apps available in Apple’s App Store (for iPhones and iPads) and the Google Play Store (for Android devices). The 40,000+ videos on Lynda.com cover subjects including acoustics, desktop apps, logo design, responsive design, and project management. Lynda.com also includes software tutorials for programs such as Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, Blackboard, Microsoft Office, and SolidWorks.

      Models

      To schedule a model for your class, please email Model Coordinator, Ivan Torres. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance, though it is preferred if you do so as far in advance as possible. If you require a model with specific physical attributes, please make these requests with an additional week's advance notice. For additional information about model availability and other regulations governing their work, please contact the Model Coordinator.

      Photocopying

      Printers for faculty can be found in the Faculty Resource Center in the University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Room 308.

      Printing and Print Credits

      Both faculty and students receive print credit each year that they can use at the various print facilities on campus. This includes black and white, color and large format printing. Faculty receive $30 print credit each semester. All print facilities are viewable on the New School Information Technology site, which is easily accessed via my.newschool.edu. You can check your print credit while you are in the “Services” tab. Look for the pane “Information Technology Services” and click “Check Print Point Credit”.

      Starfish: Student Success Network

      A web-based tool called the Student Success Network is available to faculty. It is intended to enhance communication between and among students and their instructors, advisors, and support services. Using the tool you may: record attendance, see personal profiles and academic records for the students you teach and advise, efficiently refer for support, report issues at intervals throughout the semester, including at mid-semester, record meeting notes, milestones, and progress reports and post your appointment times.

      The Making Center and Parsons Academic Resources

      The Making Center is a constellation of shops, labs, and open workspaces that are situated across the New School to help students express their ideas in a variety of materials and methods. We have resources to help support woodworking, metalworking, ceramics and pottery work, photography and film, textiles, printmaking, 3D printing, manual and CNC machining, and more. A staff of technicians and student workers provide expertise and maintain the different shops and labs. Safety is a primary concern, so each area has policies for access, training, and etiquette that students and faculty should be familiar with. Many areas require specific orientations or trainings before access is granted. Detailed information about the resources available, as well as schedules, hours of operation, trainings, and policies can be found at resources.parsons.edu. Faculty who are planning curriculum that makes use of specific resources should contact the Making Center in advance to coordinate.

      Teaching Your Class

      Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy

      You may wish to refer to the University Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy and adjudication procedures. All members of the university community are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the standards of academic honesty. Students are responsible for knowing and making use of proper procedures for writing papers, presenting and performing their work, taking examinations, and doing research. Instructors are equally responsible for informing students of their policies with respect to the limits within which students may collaborate with or seek help from others on specific assignments. Instructors are expected to educate students about the legal and ethical restrictions placed upon creative work and about the consequences of dishonesty in the professional world.

      Students may find the University Learning Center as a valuable resource.

      Attendance Taking and Reporting Policy

      As an institution that receives Title IV federal aid, The New School is required by the Department of Education (DOE) to report attendance for each class session and, for students who withdraw/leave class before the end of the term, to report last date of attendance within 14 days in order to determine students' federal aid refunds. Failure to do so puts the university in danger of violating federal Title IV regulations and risks depriving students and the university of access to federal financial aid. As such, all faculty teaching credit-bearing courses (including independent studies, thesis supervision, courses with non-standard meeting times, etc.) are required to take attendance utilizing Starfish, our software reporting tool. Starfish also allows you to identify attendance and other behavioral issues early so that university support services can intervene before these behaviors become habitual.

      Attendance Guidelines

      Students are expected to attend classes regularly and promptly and in compliance with the standards stated in the course syllabus. While attendance is just one aspect of active participation, absence from a significant portion of class time may prevent the successful attainment of course objectives. A significant portion of class time is generally defined as the equivalent of three weeks, or 20%, of class time. For the full attendance policy, see the Parsons Academic Catalog.

      Class Rosters

      There may be some fluctuation in the first two weeks of class, so please be sure to check your roster before class using the procedure detailed above in Classroom assignments and make a note if there are discrepancies between the list and the students present in class.If you have any discrepancies between your roster and the students in class, please follow this procedure:

      • For students who are on your roster but not in class, use Starfish to report any students that are absent. Their advisors will be able to track this and follow up.
      • For students that appear in your class but are NOT on your roster, please email advising.

      Classroom Assistance and IT Support

      Unless otherwise specified, each classroom is equipped with: LCD projector with sound, laptop A/V and network connection & auxiliary RCA video connection.

      • In-class support is available during all periods of schedule classes. When an urgent technology support need arises, simply call the IT Service Desk X HELP (4357).
      • If you wish to use a whiteboard during class, we suggest that you bring your own whiteboard markers.

      Equipment and IT

      You can use the Equipment Center (EQC) resource to check out technology for one-time instructional use (rather than repeated reservations). Faculty presenting software demos to their students can check out a laptop that can be plugged into the instructor station (be sure to also check out a video adapter!). Visit the Parsons Making Center Resources site for an overview of the resources available to students.

      Information Technology and IT Service Desk

      The IT Service Desk offers faculty and staff comprehensive computer-related information and assistance and help with NetID passwords. The IT Service Desk can be reached by telephone at 212.229.5300 HELP (x4357) or by email.

      Reserving On-Campus Meeting Spaces

      If you need a quiet space to meet with a student there are small meeting rooms in the University Center (63 Fifth Avenue). You can book a space online here. There are four rooms: 308 A, B, C, and D.

      If you need to book a computer lab or a different classroom space either during your class or on a different day, visit my.newschool.edu and click the ”Services” tab; under “Faculty Resources” look for the “Book a Classroom Event” link.

      Room Change Requests

      If your assigned classroom does not meet the needs of the curriculum, please contact your school’s Manager of Course Planning. Please note that classroom space is extremely limited and every potential alternative will be reviewed to accommodate your request.

      Grading and Evaluation

      Establish Grading and Assessment Criteria

      Your syllabus should clearly articulate the course’s learning outcomes and the criteria against which you will evaluate students, including your standards for active participation and attendance. See the section on Designing and Creating Your Syllabus for further guidance.

      Mid-Semester Evaluations

      Each semester, you should plan to conduct mid-semester evaluations of your students. The evaluations allow faculty to reflect on their students’ performance as measured against the learning outcomes outlined in the syllabus and to share these observations with students to make them aware of their standing in the course. Mid-semester evaluations are also an opportunity for students to reflect on their performance and seek support or resources where necessary. It is important that each student receive an overview of their standing in each course. Faculty may choose the method to communicate this information to students by:

        Meeting with students in person;
        Posting students’ standing privately in Canvas;
        Using the Student Success Network to alert students and advisors;
        Emailing students directly using New School email accounts; or
        Completing written evaluations using a mid-semester evaluation template.

      If you elect to meet with students in person, it is recommended that any reports of unsatisfactory performance be documented in writing and shared with the student’s advisor using the Student Success Network.

      Preparing to Grade

      As the end of term nears, please login to my.newschool.edu to:

      1. Make sure that all credit students appear on your grade roster. If the name of a credit student does not appear on your grade roster, that student is not properly registered. Advise the student to contact their advisor immediately.
      2. Review your roster and confirm the attendance is up-to-date and accurate before the end of the term.

      Submitting Final Grades

      As you know, timely submission of grades is a priority. Late grade submission significantly impacts students as it delays degree conferral and impacts academic standing, student visa eligibility, and academic progress reporting needed for financial aid purposes.

      Grades are submitted through my.newschool.edu. Grades must be posted for every student appearing on your roster within one week from the end of your course. Note, too, that for courses with multiple instructors only the primary instructor may post grades. Please refer to the Grading Policies and Procedures for additional information. (Note: You must be logged into your New School email account to access this form.) For any questions regarding policies and procedures, contact Kelly Grossi, Associate Dean for Academic Planning.

      Student Course Evaluations

      Each semester, students complete an online Course Evaluation. Student course ratings are a critical part of The New School’s commitment to providing a high-quality education. Course evaluations are an opportunity for students to share candid feedback with their teachers, who use the feedback to improve their course content, formats, and approaches. Faculty play a critical role in increasing response rates to evaluations. Therefore, all faculty are required to set aside class time in the second-to-last week of classes during the evaluation period for students to complete the evaluation on their laptop or mobile device. Course evaluation guidelines and procedures will be emailed to you prior to the end of term. Course evaluations are available to view on my.newschool.edu.

      FAQ's for Students & FAQ's for Faculty.

      Employment / Responsibilities (for Part-Time Faculty)

      The New School recognizes Local 7902 Academics Come Together/ACT-UAW for all part-time faculty employed by the university, with the exception of part-time faculty teaching at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Part-time faculty appointments are governed by their respective collective bargaining agreements and are based on curricular needs and seniority. All employees who either belong in this union or supervise such employees must thoroughly review the contract between the university and Local 7902.

      Additional Duties

      Effective July 2017, any additional duties performed by part-time faculty at Parsons require a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) commissioned from Part-time Faculty Affairs before commencing any work on a project. Please do not begin any additional duties work with the University before securing an MOU in advance outlining your commissioned duties and number of hours.

      Appointment Letters

      Appointment letters are generated and distributed through MyDay in accordance with the calendar outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement and Memorandum of Agreement between the University and Local 7902. Part-time faculty members must accept (or decline) their appointment electronically as instructed in the letter.

      Attendance (For Part-Time Faculty)

      Part-time faculty members are expected to attend all classes they are assigned to teach, as scheduled by the university, unless the faculty member’s supervisor or the supervisor’s designee approve an absence in advance.

        Emergency Absence

        Faculty members are entitled to one absence per course per semester due to an emergency.

        Pay When Absent

        Faculty will be paid for one emergency absence per course per semester. Any absences in addition to that one will result in salary deduction and, if appropriate, disciplinary action.

        Call-Out Procedure for Emergency Absence

        Faculty members who will be absent must inform the designated person from the division, department, or program as far in advance as possible.

        Substitutes and Make-up Classes

        The options for scheduling a substitute or a make-up class must be discussed with the designated person from the division, department, or program prior to making any arrangements. Please note that because of students’ schedules and space restrictions, it may not be possible to schedule a make-up section of a class.

        Lateness

        All faculty members are expected to arrive on time, as scheduled by the university, to begin teaching their classes. A faculty member who will be late for a class must inform the designated person from the division, department, or program as soon as possible before the start time of the class that they will be late and when they are expected to arrive to class.

        Leaves of Absence

        Faculty members may be eligible to apply for a leave of absence during the course of the school year. More information regarding Paid Academic Leave, Unpaid Non-Medical Leave and Medical Leave can be found on HR’s website. Faculty can contact benefitshelp@newschool.edu with any questions.

      Multi-Year Appointments

      Information about the process related to multi-year appointment may be found on the Provost website.

      Observations and Evaluations

      Part-time faculty members are to be observed during class time at regular intervals by a full-time faculty member in their school. The school's part-time faculty manager will contact faculty members to be observed via university email in order to arrange a date and time for the observation. After the classroom observation is completed, the faculty member will receive a copy of the observation report within two weeks and have the opportunity to discuss the report.

      Payroll

      Part-time faculty are paid once per month, on the last Friday of the month. There are 5 pay periods in the Fall term (September-January) and 5 pay periods in the Spring (February-June). The payroll schedule can be found on HR’s website and direct deposit stubs can be found via my.newschool.edu.Your appointment letter from Human Resources will confirm your course compensation.

      Professional Development

      Parsons encourages and supports the professional development of part-time faculty. Curriculum and Learning, in partnership with academic leadership, hosts development opportunities on a host of subjects. Please look for announcements about upcoming opportunities. In addition, we have established a Part-time Faculty Professional Development Fund to cushion the economic burden of professional development. For examples of appropriate requests, more information about the funds, and to apply, visit the site listed above.

      In addition, the Provost Office oversees the Faculty Professional Development Network site which contains resources and information to support faculty teaching, learning and mentoring.

      Employment / Responsibilities (for Full-Time Faculty)

      Full-time Faculty should refer to the faculty handbook for approved policies and procedures of the university concerning the terms and conditions of faculty employment. The most up to date handbook is accessible on The New School's information for faculty page.

      Full-Time Faculty Searches

      Over the past decade, Parsons has built its full-time faculty to include more than 160 designers, scholars, and artists. Our recruitment of outstanding full-time faculty supports our recently launched and planned graduate degree programs as well as the continued enrichment of our existing programs. Current vacancies are posted at careers.newschool.edu.

      Support for Students

      Advising

      To help students reach their educational goals and progress in their academic programs, the Parsons Academic Advising staff provides clear, consistent information about programs, policies, and procedures to undergraduates and graduates. Faculty members should be in contact with Parsons advisors regarding any student issues that may arise. To contact an individual student’s advisor, use the Student Success Network to find their name, email address, and other contact information.

      Safety and Security (On-Campus Public Safety)

      The university offers the support services listed below. In the case of medical and public safety emergencies, call 911.

        After-Hours Nurse Advice Line (24 hours): 212.229.1671 option 1
        Campus Security (24 hours): 212.229.7001
        Medical and Counseling Services: 212.229.1671
        Student Support and Crisis Management: 212.229.5900 x3189 -- for non-medical advice and support.

      Student Disability Services

      Please review the Student Disability Services website to get an overview of the services offered by their staff and related offices. It is important that, as faculty, you know your responsibilities and rights with regard to providing students with services. You are strongly encouraged to include a disability statement on your syllabus.

      Do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Disability Services for support and advisement if you receive a request for accommodations from a student​ and are unsure what to do, or have general questions or concerns.​​ Please also refer any students who are requesting academic accommodations but have not provided you​ with an accommodation letter to Student Disability Services.

      Student Health Services

      Student Health Services provides medical care, psychological services, and preventive education for students across The New School.

      Tutoring Services (University Learning Center)

      The University Learning Center (ULC) offers students academic support in areas including writing, math, ESL, and graduate writing. The ULC also holds regular workshops aimed at improving students' writing and other academic skills. Representatives from the ULC are available to present an overview of the center and its services to individual classes. Faculty can also request in-class workshops on topics such as: fundamentals of the academic essay, developing a strong thesis, oral presentations, and plagiarism and academic citations. (Note: A PDF titled “Preventing Plagiarism: What Faculty Can Do” is available on the University Learning Center Web page, under “Faculty Resources.”)

      Title IX

      Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex/gender in any federally funded education program or activity. The New School is committed to educating students and employees about Title IX and how it affects the university community as a way to affirm the dignity of all students.

      For issues, questions, or concerns about Title IX in cases where a faculty or staff member may be involved in the alleged violation, contact Rhonnie Jaus, Vice President for Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Compliance.

    • Additional Resources

      Safety and Security

      New School Alerts (Emergency Alert System)

      www.newschool.edu/safety/new-school-alerts

      New School Alerts is a notification system designed to provide quick and reliable mass communication to students, faculty, and staff regarding potential or actual emergencies and other time-sensitive matters. The New School Alerts system will send alert messages to cell phones (text and voice), landlines, and email addresses during an urgent or time-sensitive situation affecting The New School community. All faculty members, staff, and students must register to receive New School Alerts. To enroll, log in to my.newschool.edu and select the New School Alerts tab.

      Student Health Services

      www.newschool.edu/student-health-services
      80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor: 212.229.1671, option 2 (medical services)

      Student Health Services provides medical care, psychological services, and preventive education for students across The New School. To aid faculty and staff, Student Health Services has created a helpful guide, “Fostering Student Health and Well-Being,” which can be a helpful resource to faculty in the classroom. It is available for download in the Related Links section of their website.

      On-Campus Public Safety

      The university offers the support services listed below. In the case of medical and public safety emergencies, call 911.

      • Medical and Counseling Services: 212.229.1671
      • After-Hours Nurse Advice Line (24 hours): 212.229.1671 x1
      • Student Support and Crisis Management: 212.229.5900 x3189
        Call for non-medical advice and support.
      • Campus Security (24 hours): 212.229.7001

      Please refer to the guide “Fostering Student Health and Well-Being,” referenced above and available for download in the Related Links section of the Student Health Services site.

      Faculty Benefits

      Funding Opportunities

      Full-Time Faculty

      • School-Based Fund
      • The Parsons school-based fund supports proposals from full-time faculty that generally advance the academic reputation and culture of the school by supporting faculty-driven research, curricular initiatives, public programs, scholarship, and creative practice. There are two rounds of applications for a given academic year. Round 1 generally takes place in the spring prior to the award year, and round 2 takes place in November for the remainder of the award year.

      • Cross-School Fund
      • The Parsons cross-school fund supports proposals that address Parsons-wide priorities. The purpose of these funds is to bring together full-time faculty from across schools to advance the academic reputation and culture of Parsons by supporting faculty-driven research, to include curricular initiatives, public programs, scholarship, and creative practice. There are two rounds of applications for a given academic year. Round 1 generally takes place in the spring prior to the award year, and round 2 takes place in November for the remainder of the award year.

      • General Research Fund
      • Resources have been allocated to supplement divisional funds to provide eligible faculty* with up to $2,200 per year for research and professional or academic development support. These funds can also be used to strengthen teaching practices and curriculum development. All funds are expendable per University Policies on Business and Travel Expenses; unused funds in any given year cannot be carried forward to the following fiscal year.

      • Student Research Assistant Fund
      • A pool of funding has been created to provide support for faculty research and projects through the engagement of student research assistants. Eligible principal faculty members are invited to apply for this support up to $5,100 per year. These funds can be used to hire New School–registered students as assistants for projects directly relevant to faculty members' research, creative activity, or professional development. On-line applications are generally available in early April for the following academic year. The application process happens only once a year.

      Part-Time Faculty

      Additional Resources

      Faculty Development

      For ongoing information about faculty development opportunities throughout the year, visit the “Resources” section of the CUE Faculty Resources site: newschool.edu/parsons/cue.

      Contact Us

      For questions regarding instructional resources, contact Kelly Grossi at grossik@newschool.edu.

      For questions about full-faculty faculty status or employment, contact Soo Chon at chons1@newschool.edu.

      For questions about part-time faculty status or employment, contact the part-time faculty manager for your school:

      Art and Design History and Theory (including First Year)
      Fatuma Dahir
      dahirf@newschool.edu
      212.229.5600 x1636

      Art, Media, and Technology
      Yasi Ghanbari
      ghanbary@newschool.edu
      212.229.8908 x4618

      Constructed Environments
      Sarah Bogucki
      boguckis@newschool.edu
      212.229.8951 x4701

      Design Strategies
      Sarah Bogucki
      boguckis@newschool.edu
      212.229.8951 x4701

      Fashion
      Meg Kissel
      kisselm@newschool.edu
      212.229.8908 x3948

      Summer, Pre-College Academy, Continuing Education (Open Campus)
      Norene Leddy
      leddyn@newschool.edu
      212-229-8947 x4910


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