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The gristmill of praise

From August 2013 to January 2014, I—a humble, workaday professor of English and creative writing at the University of Minnesota—received more than 1,600 letters of recommendation. In August, I vetted 56 applications for an administrative position in creative writing, each dutifully accompanied by three reference letters. In September and October, 196 applications for a tenure-track […] … learn more→

The Pros and Cons of writing letters of recommendation

The first time I was asked to write a letter of recommendation for a student, I was thrilled. Finally I had an opportunity to write a letter for someone else, rather than endlessly requesting letters from my own faculty advisers. Although my own mentors were always generous in writing on my behalf, I was nervous […] … learn more→