Letters of Recommendation
Writing letters of recommendation is one of the most important things that I do.
I take this task seriously; people's livelihoods as well as the functioning of our
profession rests upon thoughtful, well-written letters.
I also do this a fair amount, writing about 40 letters every year for a variety of reasons,
from tenure and promotion to job applications to fellowships to graduate school
applications to funding for travel, and for many other reasons.
I am very willing to write a letter for a deserving candidate
(which you presumably are).
However, I need your help for this process to work.
Please try to keep the following in mind:
Lastly, I can write a letter extremely quickly in an emergency (and do so more often than
I would like to admit), but please do not count on this.
It is extremely difficult to drop everything and write a good letter, but not completely impossible.
I need to schedule time for this task.
Contact me as soon as possible so that I can put this on my schedule;
preferably three weeks before the deadline.
During the peak period October—early December I may need two months.
Clear statement of what you are applying for (so that I know the task at hand).
Deadline and information on submitting the letter.
Any materials that you have with your application;
CV, statement of purpose, application essay, research statement, etc.
If possible, we should meet to talk about your application.
This is particularly important for undergraduate students, as I
typically need to be educated about you and what you are applying for.
Last modified: Thu Sep 13 09:35:02 EDT 2018