This program aims to foster creative, dynamic, and innovative teaching across humanistic disciplines, in the interest of generating new courses and pedagogies. The Center will consider proposals from two faculty members with different areas of expertise in one department; preference is given to proposals which bring together colleagues and, importantly, students, from different departments, disciplines, and schools.

Existing courses may be used for the team-taught initiative, or new courses may be proposed, either to be cross-listed in different departments and/or schools. Funded courses will be offered in spring or fall of the following year. Courses must be open for credit to students in both faculty members’ units of appointment.

We will not be accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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All full-time faculty in the humanities and arts at NYU.

Program Requirements

Besides that the course will be taught in the fall or spring semester of the following year, there are two requirements expected of faculty participating in this program.

Course Load

Faculty members must consult with their department chairs regarding their intent to apply. It is expected that the proposed course will be offered during spring or fall of the following year, and will count as one full course toward their normal teaching load for that semester.


Each team will be asked to provide a written assessment of their experience no later than two months following the end of the semester during which the course was taught. Stipend recipients may also be invited to present their findings during one of the weekly lunch meetings of the NYU Center for the Humanities Fellows. (They will be welcome to attend all Fellows’ meetings during their award year, generally held on Tuesdays, from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.)


The total award amount is $4,000:

  • $2,000 is made available for course development during the summer preceding the grant year. Funds may be spent on any reasonable expense that is directly related to the course, such as: the purchase of materials (books, journals, videos, CDs, etc.), xeroxing fees, website development, and student researcher salary and fringe. The latter expenditure is encouraged.
  • $2,000 is reserved for course implementation (field trips, guest speakers, technology services, etc.).

Application Instructions

All application components must be submitted electronically via the online application.

1. Applicant Information

Applicants will be asked to include information regarding each member of the faculty team, including their full titles, departments, and schools, as well as the information of any additional participating faculty members.

Abbreviated Curricula Vitae (Word Document or PDF)

In no more than five pages, each member of the faculty team should indicate his or her education and positions held, publications and major presentations, honors and awards.

2. Course Information

Applicants will be asked to include the title of the proposed course and its intended audience (i.e., freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, master’s, doctoral) in addition to the three documents listed below.

Proposal (Word Document or PDF)

The proposal, consisting of no more than 1000 words, should suggest the significance of the course for humanistic education and research, as well as the rationale for having two faculty teach it. That is, what benefits will the course offer to faculty and students alike by virtue of its being team-taught? The intended audience should also be addressed: Is this a course designed for undergraduates or graduates, and what will the prerequisites be? There should also be a brief discussion as to how the course enhances existing curricular offerings, what each faculty member conceives his/her role to be, and why this pair of faculty is especially appropriate.

Syllabus (Word Document or PDF)

The Board understands that the course will only fully emerge during summer planning, but applicants should include a provisional two- to three-page syllabus with anticipated workload, requirements, and reading list.

Budget (Word Document, Excel, or PDF)

Applicants are requested to provide a proposed budget for course development and implementation.

3. Letter of Support

Applicants must include a letter of support from at least one of the chairs of the departments included in the application. Chairs should write a brief letter in support of the proposal and indicate their departments’ willingness to assign the faculty members in this manner during that semester.

Department Chairs will be notified automatically once the application is submitted; letters are due the same day as the application.

Selection Criteria & Review Process

Successful proposals will both draw on and reflect the disciplinary and research interests of the two faculty members and address either a wide-ranging problem in the humanities or the interface between humanistic and artistic or cultural inquiry.

Stipends will be awarded by the NYU Center for the Humanities Advisory Board, composed of senior faculty and administrators appointed by the Provost, based on review of the applications.

Questions regarding applications should be addressed to