Guidelines for Letters of Recommendation.

Recommendation letter guidelines and frequently asked questions for Robert B. Anthony, Contingent Faculty & Full-Time Faculty Travel Awards.  See below for Graduate/Post-Doc Award-specific information.

 

General Guidelines

 


  • The recommendation should be on official letterhead and should be addressed to the HAPS Award Review Team.  


  • If the above directions are followed, the individual writing the letter and the applicant will receive a confirmation email to document receipt of the letter.


  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that their recommendation letter has been submitted by the deadline.  Award applications will not be considered unless the letter of recommendation is also received by the deadline.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Faculty Letters of Recommendation

 

Q - What is meant by the term “appropriate administrator?”

 

A - An “appropriate administrator” would include a Department Chair, an Assistant Dean, a Dean or any other supervisor who is above you in rank and who has knowledge of your teaching of Anatomy and Physiology and related academic work at your current institution or a recent previous institution. 

 

Q - What is meant by the term “colleague?”  

 

A - A “colleague” would include a fellow faculty member who has knowledge of your teaching of Anatomy and Physiology and relevant additional academic activities at your institution.   Current or previous students are NOT considered to be colleagues and cannot write a letter on your behalf.

 

Q - What is meant by the term “mentor?”

 

A - A “mentor” would include a past colleague, a graduate advisor, or another person of equal or higher rank who has interacted with you significantly to help you in any aspect of your academic role.  This individual should have knowledge of your current or recent past teaching of Anatomy and Physiology and related additional academic activities.

 

Q - What information should be included in the letter of recommendation?

 

A - Relevant information for a letter of recommendation would include any of the following:

  • Comments on the applicant’s teaching methods related to Anatomy and Physiology

  • Mention of any innovative teaching techniques used by the applicant

  • Examples of the applicant’s interactions with students

  • Information about the applicant’s interactions with other faculty members, including mentoring

  • Comments regarding how the applicant will benefit from attending the HAPS Annual Conference

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Graduate Letters of Recommendation

 

Q - What is meant by the term “graduate advisor?”

 

A - A “graduate advisor” is the primary individual overseeing the research of a graduate student.  

 

Q - What is meant by the term “faculty mentor?”

 

A - A “faculty mentor” is a faculty member other than the graduate advisor, who has interacted with the applicant and has knowledge of their research and other academic activities related to Anatomy and Physiology.

 

Q - What is meant by the term “employer?”  

 

A - An “employer” would include someone currently overseeing the work of a postdoctoral student.

 

Q - What information should be included in the letter of recommendation?

 

A - Relevant information for a letter of recommendation would include any of the following:

  • Comments on the applicant’s graduate studies and research

  • For applicants who are teaching assistants, mention of any feedback you have received related to the applicant’s interactions with students in the Anatomy and Physiology classroom or laboratory

  • Examples of applicant’s interactions with other graduate students and with faculty

  • Comments regarding how the applicant will benefit from attending the HAPS Annual Conference