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Letter of recs 
17th-Dec-2012 08:26 am
Hi All,

I need some advice on asking for letters of recs.

Is it best to ask in person, or would it be alright to ask via email?
17th-Dec-2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
It depends on your relationship with the professor/writer of said LoR. The writer will probably want to meet with you, or at least speak with you, and will also probably want a CV/resume or description of what you did with/for them and what you've done outside of your relationship with them. At a certain level, they may want a draft of a LoR for them to customize.

What is the LoR for?
17th-Dec-2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
An Assistant Professor Position at a community college
17th-Dec-2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
In person, and be ready with a list of courses you've taught and any student and colleague feedback re: those courses. The department probably has your reviews and evals on file, but you want to make this easy for them, so have it ready.
17th-Dec-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
What is your relationship to these recommenders and what are the letters for?
17th-Dec-2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
They are my colleagues at a community college. I am an adjunct, and they are full time faculty members who have observed me. Also, I have worked and collaborated with them on many projects. The position is for an Assistant Professor position (tenure track position) at a different community college.
17th-Dec-2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
I think you should talk to them in person. As you probably already know, those recommendations need to be fairly detailed, so it would be good to talk to you about what you want them to discuss in the letters. It also just looks more professional.
17th-Dec-2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
Seconding that you should ask in person. Email is fine when you're in different cities or it's otherwise hard to meet up, but if you see them regularly, asking by email can seem a bit odd.
17th-Dec-2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
Without knowing about the specific relationship you have with these people, think about what is most respectful of the other person's time. If they are people you see regularly in a reasonably formal setting - like class or meetings or supervisions - then stop behind after the meeting and ask them face-to-face. If you don't have regularly contact with them or you live at some distance, then approach them by email but let them know that you'll can meet them / send them a copy of your most recent work or CV / whatever's reasonable.

Give them the opportunity to refuse, though - they may not feel they are in a good position to offer you a reference so make sure you're phrasing it as a favour rather than an assumption that of course they will!
17th-Dec-2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
17th-Dec-2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
It's best to send a text message using as few actual words as possible. Professors are very busy.
17th-Dec-2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
A mass text message.
17th-Dec-2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
Or just tweet @them. Gets the job done and shows your digital humanities cred all at the same time.
17th-Dec-2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
With all recipients visible to all.
17th-Dec-2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
email is fine, but if you see someone regularly, it might be best to ask in person, because otherwise they might think, "uh, i saw you yesterday, why didn't you talk to me then?"
17th-Dec-2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
I have worked and collaborated with them on many projects
17th-Dec-2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
I think it's fine to ask via email if they be willing to write a reference. If they want to write you one and if you have the possibility to meet up with then easily, I'd then suggest you meet up briefly to discuss in a bit more detail. If at that point they are too busy to want to meet up, then send all the details via email.
17th-Dec-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
How did you ask for letters of rec for your current job? Because that seemed to work out fine.
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