How often should I expect to be paid for teaching?

SVA’s pay period is the 15th and last day of the month.  For a full schedule log into MySVA and click the Payroll link listed under the Human Resources tab.

Am I eligible for health insurance?

Yes, after completing one-year of service you are eligible.  To find out more information, look online at MySVA or contact the Benefits Coordinator, Mairead Reardon.

What is the process for doing an independent study?

First, a student will need to ask to do an independent study with you. Independent Studies can be for 1, 2 or 3 credits and are paid $220 per credit hour at the end of the semester when you submit the grade.  Once you agree to do an Independent Study with a student, you will need to review their proposal and sign the paperwork they will then submit to Stephen and their Advisor.

The amount of hours you meet with them is up to you and the student.  The student should plan to work on their Independent Study a minimum of 3 hours per credit hour per week.

Yes, you may have 2 guest lecturers per semester unless otherwise indicated by the Chair based on the type of course you teach.  If you’d like to arrange more, please speak with Stephen.

The general honorarium for a Guest Lecture is $100.

Can I invite a guest lecturer to class and if so can we pay them?

You may submit your grades one of two ways:

  1. One, use the grading bubble sheet that the Registrar’s office gives you, which is placed in your mailbox at the end of the semester.  You will fill this out with the attendance roster and place it in the given envelope.  Please place this in either the outgoing mailbox at the HUB or at the collection bin located at the Security Desk.
  2. Two, you may submit your grades online through MySVA.  There is a handout in the file section of this website which shows you step-by-step instructions.

If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar’s office at 212-592-2200.

How do I submit my grades?

You can change a grade with the Change of Grade form found in the download page of this website.

How can I change a grade?

Yes, you may give a student an incomplete grade.  Besides assigning them an “I” during grading, you will need to fill out the Incomplete Form found in the file section (link) and list exactly what the student needs to complete in order to achieve a grade.  This form is then handed into their Advisor or myself.

After the student completes the work, you have until the end of the following semester to submit a change of grade form, otherwise the student’s grade will go from an “I” to an “F” automatically.

May I give an incomplete grade?

The mid-semester evaluation form is a preemptive form to notify students that they are in jeopardy of failing your course.  This could be due to their lack of work (homework or otherwise), excessive absences or failure to do the required work satisfactorily.

These forms are placed into your mailbox mid-semester, though the Assistant to the Chair has forms if you need them.

Once completed please give the forms to the Assistant to the Chair so that they may distribute them to the correct offices.

What is a mid-semester evaluation form?

Yes, but please make sure to fill out a Field Trip form and submit it to the Assistant to the Chair, Amber Dietz, or directly to the Registrar’s Office.

May I take the students on a field trip?

If you are experiencing a student with disruptive or distressing behavior, please refer to the handout on this in the files section (link).

If there is an emergency in class, call 911 immediately and have another student tell the security officer at the front desk or someone in the HUB.

If you notice the student’s behavior or physical appearance has changed throughout the course of the class and you are concerned, meet with the student privately.  Assure the student that you are there to offer support, discuss with them the behavior you have observed and listen without judgment. If it is apparent the student will benefit from counseling, suggest the make an appointment to speak with someone in the Office of Student Health and Counseling Services or walk them there yourself. Their offices are located at 23 Lexington Avenue.

If the student is being disruptive and you cannot calm them down in classroom, please ask the student to leave the class.  If they refuse to leave the classroom, please contact security by either seeing the officer at the front desk or by calling 212-592-2025.

If you are still unsure of how to proceed, please speak to the Director of Student Affairs, Bill Martino who can be reached at [email protected] or 212-592-2212.  Also, please let the Chair know of you concerns so that he may follow up.

If I’m having issues with a student, whom can I speak to?

Please contact a Digital Lab Administrator at 212-592-2339.


I am having difficulties with the projectors in my room. Who should I contact?

Yes, after one-year of teaching service, you or your husband/wife/partner may take Continuing Education classes at SVA. If you are interested, please contact the Registrar’s office at 212-592-2000 to register. Please inform them that you are faculty and that you will be using your tuition waiver.

As a faculty member, am I allowed to take classes at SVA?

The number of student absences are up to the faculty, though the general rule of thumb is 4 absences equal a failing grade.

How many classes are students allowed to miss?

The lowest passing grade is a D-.

What is the lowest passing grade I can give a student?

Please contact the Assistant to the Chair, Amber Dietz, for all class cancelations. You must then make up the class, and you must inform the Assistant to the Chair when you will be making this up.

All substitute approvals must go through the department.

Please also make sure to have any sub fill out the proper paperwork for payment, including a W-9.

I need to cancel/have a substitute a class, who do I contact?

All faculty mailboxes are located outside of the Resource Room on the second floor. If you do not have a mailbox, please see the Assistant to the Chair to have one made for you.

Do I have a mailbox?

All faculty may utilize the Resource Room for individual meetings, but if the room is in use, or you will need a dedicated room for a longer period of time than 1 hour, please speak to the Studio Manager, Maia Kaufman.

May I reserve a room for student meetings?