Faculty event: panel on writing reference letters for your graduate students – Trevor Holmes


Three experienced (and successful) writers of reference letters for graduate students, Sandra Burt (Political Science, Associate Dean of Arts, Graduate Studies and Research), Ian Rowlands (Environment and Resource Studies, Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Environment) and Ralph Haas (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, FRSC), will share their advice and expertise. How do you write a letter for a mediocre student? For a good one? For a great one? How do you make your letter stand out? How should letters for academic programs, professional programs and jobs differ? A panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer period. Co-sponsored by UW’s Learning Community on Supervising Graduate Students.

Date: Wednesday May 20th, 2009
Time: 11:30 – 1:00
Place: FLEX Lab, Porter Library 329
Bring your lunch; we’ll provide coffee, tea and juice.
(please note: this event is appropriate for experienced or new faculty members who currently or will soon teach/supervise graduate students)

Register by emailing tholmes@uwaterloo.ca
Or call x33408

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As Senior Instructional Developer, Curriculum and Programming, Trevor Holmes plans and delivers workshops and events in support of faculty across the career span. Prior to joining the Centre for Teaching Excellence, Trevor worked at a variety of universities teaching courses, supporting faculty and teaching assistants through educational development offices, and advising undergraduates. Trevor’s PhD is from York University in English Literature, with a focus on gothic literature, queer theory, and goth identities. A popular workshop facilitator at the national and international levels, Trevor is also interested in questions of identity in teaching and teaching development.

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