Sample Faculty Recommendation Letter

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A faculty recommendation letter can be for the purpose of any number of things including a position on the faculty at a different institution of higher learning, a promotion at the existing college or university, an award for a particular achievement or any other job advancement opportunity that comes along.

Sample:
This sample faculty recommendation letter is for a college professor who is being considered for a department head position. The letter is written by the current department head who is retiring soon to the university president and board of directors that will be meeting to select a new department head.

Dear President Howard and Board of Directors:
We all know that the most gifted professors are those who unveil the joy of learning for the students and introduce them to a world in which anything is possible. There is not a professor that I know who displays this particular gift more than Dr. Andrew Stiltonin the School of Archeological Studies. He has a remarkable ability to stimulate students with his dynamic teaching style. They are enthralled during his lectures and save every possible dollar to follow him to archeological digs in his study abroad programs. It is my belief that Dr. Stilton is the best and most obvious choice to take over the position of Department Chair upon my retirement this spring.
Dr. Stilton is passionate about archeology and his passion is contagious as year after year he mentors students who turn in award winning research. There are few archeological schools in the U.S. that have more published graduate students than ours here at XYZ University, and this distinction is largely due to Dr. Stilton’s guidance and expertise in the field of archeology. His energy and the tremendous effort he puts forth to clearly communicate scientific methods, discoveries, theories and concepts to his students has made all the difference in their levels of achievement in his courses and in their overall studies.
The students praise Dr. Stilton for his superbly effective organizational skills. Following lectures, his notes are always available online for students to study or print for review. Following exams he carefully explains common mistakes to his classes and schedules appointments with individual students who are struggling to keep up with the fast pace of his courses. Dr. Stilton is very accessible to his students, returning phone calls and emails the same day. There is not a more caring, dedicated professor on this campus, and the stellar evaluations his students return as well as their high grades and continued academic achievement are all the evidence needed to prove his qualifications for the position of Chair.
It is with great pleasure that I highly recommend my esteemed colleague, Dr. Andrew Stilton, for the position of Chair of the School of Archeological Studies at XYZ University. I am available to discuss his prospective promotion at your convenience. Please contact me should you wish to schedule an appointment.
Warm Regards,
Marilyn Stewart
Marilyn Stewart, Ph.D.
Department Chair
School of Archeological Studies
XYZ University
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