Academic Cover Letters
For academic positions, the cover letter focuses on how your scholarship, teaching, and service background align with the needs of the department and institution. When applying for a professorship at a large research institution or a post-doctoral position, it's essential to highlight your research experience and potential. For professorships at teaching-focused institutions or lectureships, emphasize your teaching expertise.
It's important to research the institution and department to understand their needs and align your background with their expectations. Additionally, demonstrate how your expertise can complement other faculty and programs on campus and meet the students' educational needs.
While academic cover letters can be longer than one page, some hiring departments prefer shorter letters. Regardless of the length, your cover letter should be clear, concise, and compelling, and demonstrate why you are the ideal candidate for the position.