Cover Letter Academia
I am not guaranteeing anything– these are just observations I’ve made in applying to nearly thirty jobs (some research-focused and some teaching-focused), serving on search committees, and editing dozens of cover letters for others. Think of it this way: after the job season, you’ll have written maybe half a dozen varieties of research- and teaching-focused letters.Let’s say you are an artist: maybe one letter highlights creative practice, one highlights curriculum building, one is suited for a fine arts department, one for social science, and one for the humanities.The Purdue University Writing Lab and Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) assist clients in their development as writers—no matter what their skill level—with on-campus consultations, online participation, and community engagement.
For more information about services for the Purdue University community, including one-to-one consultations, ESL conversation groups and workshops, please visit the Writing Lab site.The Purdue OWL offers global support through online reference materials and services. 28, 2019: The OWL offers its heartfelt gratitude to grad student Katie Mc Morris for her transformative work on our "Evaluating Sources" section of the site.The new resources here cover how to judge digital sources of information, how to avoid unreliable or propagandistic sources, and much, much more.Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.Image via Recently, I’ve offered to look over the cover letters of a few people applying to professor positions.[Add additional sentences on your broader research agenda, how you would apply this to your new institution].[Paragraph 4: teaching experience and interests - this paragraph would follow the 1st paragraph when applying to a State University.] During my [number] years at X [campus], I have taught [identify what you have taught, particularly as it relates to the institution you are applying].[Paragraph 3: other research areas, contributions, and future directions - this paragraph would be included for R1, Liberal Arts College or State University.] My immediate research priority is to expand this manuscript into a book.I will direct future research toward [1-2 sentences on next project].[Add 2 or so sentences on any pedagogical training, innovative approaches you have taken in the classroom, technology you've used, areas you are particularly interested in exploring, and/or specific new class or seminars you would like to teach at their institution].[Paragraph 5: closing.] I have enclosed my CV, a writing sample, and a teaching philosophy state [or whatever they ask for…].