Dr. Mills' Reference Letter

Thinking about asking for a letter of recommendation from Dr. Mills?

The letter of reference is very important to you and to me. I get many requests, and I take great care in preparing the letters.

So, ask yourself these questions before asking me for a letter of reference:

  • Did Dr. Mills know me as someone more than as a student in one class ? Did we have a professional association that went beyond routine classroom participation?
  • Does Dr. Mills know enough about me to say something that is unique and significant?
  • Is there enough time for my request to allow Dr. Mills time to get the letter done?

If you cannot say a strong "yes" to every one of these questions, then you should not ask for a letter of reference.

If you decide to ask me for a letter, here are some guidelines that you must follow:

  • If you are applying to a number of jobs/programs, I want all background materials at the same time (materials listed next)
  • A complete listing of how and when we had a professional relationship
  • Your resume/c.v.
  • If we have not worked with your writing before, a sample of your written work and/or essay for schools
  • A well-organized list of names/ addresses for recipients
  • Any specific instructions for each destination
  • The nature of the job/program associated with each letter, and
  • Deadlines for each letter

Some other notes:

I do not need envelopes (unless specified by the program).

I will not write a letter without a specific recipient (no "generic" letters).