In addition, academic employment opportunities differ based on whether positions are tenure-tracked or require teaching, and the type of institution (university, medical school, research institute).
Research the responsibilities associated with each of these positions, and include only information relevant to the specific position – don’t waste valuable space on irrelevant experiences.
Engineering students are likely to be co-authors of patents; state this information.
Beyond reiterating your past accomplishments, you must also show that you are prepared to handle the future challenges of being a Principal Investigator.
The Faculty cover letter emphasizes your past and present academic career, while promoting your future potential.
For many of us, exuding confidence in an open letter of introduction is challenging, but you have to believe in yourself before you can convince others to believe in you.
Finally, you will more than likely apply to multiple departments and universities.
Therefore, modify your niche for every application! Helping the Faculty Search Committee easily identify important information in your cover letter will only improve your chances of moving forward in the hiring process.
– include header (similar to your resume and other supporting documents) [Mailing date] [Search committee mailing info, including department and address] [Dear Professor _____________________, or Dear Search Committee Chair and Members:] [Paragraph 1: simple introduction.] I am writing to apply for the position of [official title] announced in the XXX [e.g., Chronicle of Higher Education]. I will defend my dissertation, "[dissertation title]” and expect to graduate in [month].
in XX from the [department name] at the University of California, Davis.