I receive a large number of inquiries for reference letters. At minimum you should have been a student in one of my classes. Preferably we have had more interactions than just the classroom. Good reference letters reflect the knowledge and interactions of the candidate. Generally, I’m happy to write a strong letter of reference. To request reference letters please note the following:
- Email me your resume (or CV) and unofficial transcript with a description of your intentions (graduate school applications, job applications, etc.). I use both your CV, resume, and unofficial transcript to write very strong letters.
- I will then agree to write your letter. We might have to talk briefly over the phone so I understand your goals.
- Agree to waive your right to view reference letters during the application process. This is almost universally performed by all candidates and is expected. I will not write a reference letter without the waiver.
- Apply to your positions or graduate school opportunities. They will contact me for a reference. I’ll then submit the letter.
- I will generally confirm that I have received and submitted a letter on your behalf.