I've come across a couple of job applications that don't ask for research and teaching statements but ask instead for research and teaching interests to be included in a cover letter. My teaching/research statements are each 2 pages, so I'm wondering how to best fit this information in the cover letter. I assume it's not appropriate or responsive to the job ad to briefly mention research/teaching in the cover letter and then refer the reader to the full research/teaching statements enclosed? Thoughts and advice appreciated.
Date: 08 Sep 2013 19:29
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I give a concise, long paragraph of my research statement. It took a bit to develop it as stream-lined, but I believe it does a pretty good job encompassing my whole research statement.
But I'm new to the market so I could be making a rookie mistake.
I assume my cover letter worked out well since I did alright during my academic job search. Here's how I broke mine down:
For Research Oriented Institutions
- 2 paragraphs for research background and interests
- 1 paragraph for tangible research and academic accomplishments
- 1 paragraph for teaching experience
For Teaching Oriented Institutions
- 2 paragraphs for teaching experience
- 1 paragraph for research background and interests
- 1 paragraph for tangible research and academic accomplishments (with emphasis on undergraduate inclusion)
Be sure your cover letter doesn't merely rehash your CV. It should convey some good, specific information that is less obvious from your CV and elaborates on your experience. Also, don't be afraid to go a bit longer than 1 page. Letterhead tends to eat space, so if you need to go up to perhaps 1.25 to 1.50 pages long, this should be alright.
Wishing you good fortunes!