Beyond Grades: Assessing Students in Letters of Recommendation

Professor Simon Richter, German

Tuesday, April 1 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Bridget Swanson, CTL Graduate Fellow, Germanic Languages and Literatures

Location: The Max Kade Center, Room 329 A (3401 Walnut St.)

Summary: Recommendation letters should offer unique insight into the abilities, work habits, and aptitude of applicants; thus, they play a significant role in a variety of admissions processes. But how do you write an effective and appropriate recommendation letter? In this workshop, Professor Simon Richter will discuss:
• the anatomy of a well-written letter of recommendation
• how to link the holistic evaluation of students with recommendations
• how to communicate with students about timely and appropriate methods for obtaining recommendations
• ethical concerns
• resources that can assist in the letter writing process

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