How to Write a Letter of Recommendation

Course Length: 2.75 Hours
Course Style: High-Definition On Demand Video

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this comprehensive and engaging course, you will be able to:

  • Explain what a letter of recommendation is and what a letter of recommendation is not
  • Identify the 6 candidates most likely to ask you to write a letter of recommendation
  • List 9 considerations to weigh before saying “yes” to writing a letter of recommendation
  • Describe 5 effective methods of saying “no” to writing a letter of recommendation
  • Evaluate a candidate’s research, clinical, policy, and classroom experience following best practice standards
  • Successfully write the 7 core parts of a letter of recommendation
  • Avoid the 6 most common mistakes made when writing letters of recommendation
  • Apply best practices to avoid bias and discrimination in writing letters of recommendation
  • Differentiate between the tone and style of letters of recommendation that will be effective for North American vs. non-North American audiences
  • Use a series of templates to write high-quality letters of recommendation

Instructor

Paul M. Sutter, PhD is Research Professor of Astrophysics at Stony Brook University, Guest Researcher at the Flatiron Institute in New York City, and contributing editor to Forbes, Space.com, and LiveScience, where his articles are syndicated to CBS News, Scientific American, and MSN, amongst others. Author of over 60 peer-reviewed articles as well as 2 books (published by Prometheus Books and Pegasus Books), he received his PhD in Physics as Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before completing post-doctoral fellowships in France at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris and in Italy at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste. Since this time, Dr. Sutter has developed one of the most popular astrophysics podcasts in the world and has delivered over 100 conference presentations, seminars, and colloquia at prestigious institutions across the globe. A go-to expert for journalists and producers, he regularly appears on television, radio, and in print, including on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, Science Channel, and Weather Channel.

DISCLOSURES: This course has an "Intermediate" level of instruction, can be classified as video-based homestudy without interactivity, and has an intended audience of professionals in the following sectors: Non-profit, Industry, University, Community College, Government Agency, Hospitals & Clinics, and Independent Researchers. Publication Academy, Inc. reports no conflicts of interest and has received no commercial support in the development and hosting of this training from its instructors. Publication Academy, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. If you wish to enquire about a refund due to technical difficulties, please e-mail support@publicationacademy.com.

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