In general, I write letters for students or advisees who have taken my courses and have completed sufficient work in and/or out of the classroom. The more you work to build an intellectual connection in the classroom or in office hours, the better I will be able to discuss your intellectual strengths.
  • Please make your initial request at least a MONTH before the deadline.
  • Send your materials TWO to THREE weeks before the deadline
Recommendation Letters should be made as formal request via email ( For formatting, this handout is a useful template.
They should contain the following information:
1. A clear sense of your intention for the program or scholarship to tailor the letter to your needs.
2. Strengths you feel you demonstrated in the class or other context together that will help me write a strong supportive letter.
3. Materials pertinent to the application. For example, a statement of purpose or essay. Your application materials allow me to craft my letter in support of your narrative.
4. An unofficial transcript.
5. Your resume or cv.
6. Submission link, portal, or address with stamped envelope.

It is up to you to check on the letter if I have agreed to the request and you have not heard back. Courteous reminders of submission dates are helpful and welcomed. A thank you and follow up on the progress of your application are also appreciated and surprisingly nearly always overlooked!

*These guidelines were influenced by Dr. Therí A. Pickens (with modifications).