Resources for students
Here are some suggestions for improving the quality of your writing:
How to email a Professor
Here is a piece of advice on how to communicate by email.
In addition, here is some advice and how not to email your Professor.
If you want to request a recommendation letter from me, please be advised that I take these requests seriously as both our reputations are at stake. Strong letters of recommendation usually are the product of long and close relationships with faculty, so consider whether I am the most appropriate individual to ask for a letter.
I will generally write a recommendation letter for students who:
Took at least one course with me.
Excelled in the course with a final grade "A-" or better.
Worked for me at least one semester.
When requesting a recommendation letter, please consider the following procedure:
Discuss with me the recommendation request before sending me the auto-generated email from the program you are applying for.
Make a recommendation letter request by email at least three weeks in advance.
Include the following information in a single email.
Your transcripts and GPA.
Relevant documents such as a statement of purpose or application letter.
A brief description of the program, job, institution to which I will be addressing the letter. Include links with relevant information.
A note with suggestions of what I should emphasize in the letter.
School of Government and Public Policy
University of Arizona