Writing letters of recommendation can be a daunting task. How do I write the best possible letter for a student I barely know? How can I recommend a really great candidate who has some flaws in their past? How do I know where to begin, what to include, how to best represent the candidate? These types of issues can challenge even the most seasoned letter writer. This workshop aims to increase faculty and staff comfort, confidence and effectiveness when writing letters of recommendation. Topics covered in this session will include: the job of the recommender, the job of the applicant, how to say "no", and best practices for letter writing.
This session will be divided into two 45 minute sessions. In the first session, letter writers will cover best practices for letter writing, and in the second session, attendees will work in groups to create sample letters of recommendation.