On Students Writing Letters for Faculty

A graduate student in philosophy writes in with the following query:

I’m a philosophy PhD student and avid reader of Daily Nous. I particularly enjoy reading the posts that provide advice for graduate students, and I was wondering if you had considered having a post on how to write letters of support for your supervisors and/or faculty members? It’s something that nobody really teaches (and it feels a bit weird to ask your supervisor how you should praise them). For those of us who are fortunate enough to have wonderful supervisors who get nominated for awards or promotions, it’s a bit tricky to figure out how to go about writing a good letter…. I’ve struggled with things like avoiding gendered language when describing how supportive my supervisor is and figuring out whether to discuss my supervisor’s research at all (since probably nobody cares very much about what I think about it). I thought this might be something that other graduate students also have questions about.


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