Cover Letter Sample - Assistant Professor Of English


Sample Letter
Use the form of address and
November 2, 1998
title of the contact person as
they appear in the job notice.
Dr. Naomi Sellers
Chair, English Search Committee
Box 58
Baxter College
Arcadia, WV 24803
Refer to the job title as it
Dear Dr. Sellers:
appears in the notice, and
state where you learned of
I am writing to apply for the position as assistant professor of
the position.
English with an emphasis in rhetoric and composition that
Mention your major
you advertised in the October MLA Job Information List. I
professor by name, especially
am a graduate student at Prestigious University working on a
if he or she is well known in
dissertation under the direction of Professor Prominent
your field. Also, mention
Figure. Currently revising the third of five chapters, I expect
your expected completion
to complete all work for the Ph.D. by May of 1999. I believe
that my teaching and tutoring experience combined with my
Make a claim for your
course work and research background in rhetoric and
candidacy that you will
composition theory make me a strong candidate for the
support in the body of the
position outlined in your notice.
As my curriculum vitae shows, I have had excellent
opportunities to teach a variety of writing courses during my
graduate studies, including developmental writing, first-year
writing for both native speakers and second language
students, advanced writing, and business writing. I have also
worked as a teaching mentor for new graduate students, a
For a position at a small
position that involved instruction in methods of composition
undergraduate college,
teaching, development of course materials, and evaluation of
emphasize teaching
new graduate instructors. Among the most satisfying
experience and philosophy
experiences for me as a teacher has been instructing students
early in the letter.
on an individual basis as a tutor in our university Writing
Lab. Even as a classroom instructor, I find that I always look
forward to the individual conferences that I hold with my
students several times during the semester because I believe
this kind of one-on-one interaction to be essential to their
development as writers.
My work in the composition classroom has provided me with
Describe your dissertation
the inspiration as well as a kind of laboratory for my
and plans for future research.
Emphasize links between
dissertation research. My project, The I Has It: Applications
your teaching and research
of Recent Models of Subjectivity in Composition Theory,


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