Write a letter applying
for the job of Assistant Professor of English
I am writing this in response to the ad dated (---) in the news daily (name of newspaper)
for the position of assistant professor of English.
As my enclosed resume indicates that I have a long-standing experience of 15 years in the
teaching of both composition and literature. In fact, my academic preparation in literacy
issues, theory and instruction, and my research experience in the areas of comprehension
of literature and writing in the disciplines have provided me with the background
necessary to successfully assume the position in your institution.
I would like to inform me my scholastic training is broad and encompasses a number of the
various areas that fall under the heading of English. My masters work focused on creative
writing with special study and also included courses in the teaching of composition and
composition theory. This combination of interests in composition and literature led me to
doctoral work at (name of university) in the unique Language, Literacy, and Culture
program. This program allows a focus on the acquisition and uses of literacy skills and on
the roles that motivation, situation, and culture play in literacy development. In my
research study, I focused on composition and reading theory, the acquisition and
development of higher-level literacy skills, and reading and writing about literature.
I would bring to this position both preparation and experience, not only in writing but
also in reading, in literacy skills as well as literature, and above all in the teaching
of these subjects. I have enclosed a copy of my curriculum vitae, the abstract of my
dissertation, and several teaching evaluations; as well as the letters of reference from
various universities. I shall look forward to hearing from you and discuss the
opportunities for me. In case, you have any questions, kindly contact me at my address and
phone number given below.