Assistant Professor Cover Letter
Assistant Professors are employed by universities alongside associates and full professors. Assistant Professors are untenured faculty also called probationary faculty; the probationary period lasts for five or six years. Essential duties of an Assistant Professor include: teaching students, supporting student learning, implementing e-learning solutions, preparing course materials, serving as a member of thesis committees, advising students and answering to their emails, and doing office hours.
A well-written sample cover letter for Assistant Professor usually highlights the following skills and abilities:
- Teaching and research skills
- Organization and planning
- Teamwork and the ability to work independently
- Analytical and critical thinking
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Computer competences
- Administrative skills
- Time management and deadline sensitivity
An example cover letter for Assistant Professor emphasizing similar qualifications is available below.
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Dear Dr. Wilson:
It is with great interest that I am sending my CV to you in response to your posting for an Assistant Professor. As a skilled, research-oriented, and dedicated instructor with a recent Doctorate Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, I am prepared to substantially benefit your department in this role.
Preparing lessons, leading class lectures, supervising lab projects, and conducting both independent and peer-based research projects are just a few of the areas in which I excel. By teaching students from a wide range of backgrounds and learning styles I have honed my communication and creativity skills, enabling me to heighten student interest, participation, and motivation. Additionally, I have continually demonstrated a record of research and publishing excellence, including collaborative publications of numerous articles in top-tier academic journals.
Highlights of my qualifications include:
- Creating individualized plans and programs to facilitate a targeted, personalized approach to education while stimulating students’ enjoyment and appreciation for the subject.
- Incorporating college philosophies, regulations, and assessments into lessons while allowing for customizable creativity and flexibility.
- Encouraging student participation and progress, meeting with them during and after office hours to ensure optimal subject comprehension and real-world application.
- Continually attending professional development seminars to remain abreast of new technologies and alternative delivery methods; integrating tools such as hand-outs, presentations, videos, online activities, and laboratory offerings into classes.
- Playing a pivotal role as a key student member of the departmental curriculum review process as a teaching assistant at the University of Michigan.
With my credentials and enthusiasm to teaching excellence, I am well prepared to dedicate myself to the highest standards of instruction at your university and exceed your expectations for this position. I look forward to discussing my qualifications in further detail. Thank you for your consideration.
Brian S. Messer, PhD
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