Here are a few really great resources that will help you get started on preparing excellent materials without wasting a lot of time surfing for good advice:
Recently, The Professor Is In posted an excellent step-by-step post on cover letter writing entitled “Those 12 Sentences: Evaluating Cover Letter Advice” that was in direct response to Philip N. Howard’s piece, “A Dozen Sentences,” that was featured in Inside Higher Ed.
One other recommended read comes from Ann Abbott who has served on search committees and wrote “Simple Tips for Academic Cover Letters” on her Spanish & Illinois blog with her takeaways on what makes for a good academic cover letter.
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