I'm wondering to what extent potential collaborations should be highlighted in the cover letter or research statement? For example, how specific do we need to get in terms of potential areas of shared interests or avenues for future collaborative work?
Date: 23 Sep 2014 00:33
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This depends on the institution. The most useful situation may be for positions that advertise faculty who are working in a specific area (e.g. "cross cultural psychology") where emphasizing the collaborations will draw attention to your capability to succeed within that domain. Alternatively, a job ad that emphasizes a department's seeking of someone who can work with faculty across the department or in diverse subject areas would also probably welcome such emphasis within a cover letter or research statement.