Writing Letters of Recommendation (& Other Formal Evaluations of Students)

Professor Frederick Dickinson, History, and Professor Sarah Barringer Gordon, Constitutional Law and History

Thursday, April 11 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Matthew Kruer, CTL Graduate Fellow, History

Location: College Hall 214

Summary: This workshop will focus on crafting written evaluations, such as letters of recommendation and other formal assessments of student capacities. Using concrete samples, Professors Frederick Dickinson and Sarah Barringer Gordon will share their advice and expertise on a range of topics surrounding formal letters, ranging from foundational matters like expected length and tone of address, to more delicate issues, such as discussing students’ shortcomings or when it is appropriate to decline requests to write a letter.

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the History department and so may be most useful to students in related fields. Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.