Cover Letters Template For Academic Job Applications Page 6


502 W. Main Street #221
Urbana, IL 61801
November 5, 2002
Cell Biology and Genetics Search
Biology Department
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
Dear Committee Members:
I am writing to apply for the assistant professor position beginning September 2003, as advertised in the
October 11 issue of Science. I completed my PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in October 2003. As an alumnus of a small liberal arts college, I
know and value the excellent education that smaller institutions provide to undergraduate students. I would
be honored to join the Amherst community as an assistant professor.
My research and teaching interests have been fostered by several years of undergraduate teaching and
mentoring at Illinois. I have taught discussion and laboratory sections for both introductory molecular and
cellular biology and for introductory genetics for three semesters each. In addition, I also taught a section of
a summer school laboratory course on the principles and techniques of molecular biology and supervised the
undergraduate research of several students here at Illinois.
My research has focused upon elucidating the mechanisms of the P element insertion in Drosophila
melanogaster. My dissertation research on molecular evolution and population genetics of transposable
elements in natural Drosophila populations built upon this topic. This research and the projects that will stem
from it can be adapted to provide undergraduates with research opportunities for their Senior Honors projects
at Amherst and would also complement the existing strengths of the department.
My graduate school experiences have reinforced my appreciation for the liberal arts college environment. I
have missed the small classes, active learning opportunities, and interdisciplinary students motivated by
curiosity and love of learning. I look forward to once again becoming part of a liberal arts community and I
can think of no better environment than the Amherst Biology Department in which to grow as an educator
and scientist.
I am enclosing my CV and statement of teaching philosophy. Letters of recommendation are being mailed
under separate cover. Thank you very much for your consideration.
Ann Morton
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