Cover letter for University job(5 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for university jobs.”

Samples of cover letters for a university job

When applying for a position at a university, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is as follows:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position. Write a paragraph about why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for university job”

“October 23, 20XX 

Coe College 

Office of Human Resources 

1220 First Avenue NE 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402 

Dear Members of the Search Committee: 

I am writing to apply for the Assistant Professorship position in Peninsular Spanish culture and literature at Coe College announced in the MLA Job Information List. I am currently completing a PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a specialization in modern and contemporary Spanish literature, and I am on schedule to defend and deposit for May 20XX graduation. I am extremely interested in this position at Coe College as my commitment to undergraduate education, interest and experience with study abroad programs, and interdisciplinary research background make me a terrific fit. 

My objective as a teacher is to motivate my students to develop their own learning interests and critical thinking—to establish a learner-centered environment in the classroom. In particular, teaching a wide range of courses—from first-year Spanish to advanced composition and culture courses—during my graduate career at the University of Illinois has made me aware of the needs and interests of a culturally and ethnically diverse student body. As a result, I prepare lesson plans always considering the interconnection between the student’s own knowledge, culture and learning abilities, the subject matter discussed in class, and current debates on social issues. I choose content and activities that are both significant and challenging for the students so that they are stimulated to think “beyond” their comfort zone and feel involved in their own learning process. Similarly, the activities and class discussions I facilitate encourage students to make connections between my field of study and other disciplines. Collaborative learning is also central to my teaching philosophy in order to promote reflective thinking and improve the students’ communicative and trans-cultural skills. The application of technology and computer-based material in the classroom such as Webboard, wikis and YouTube are helpful tools in the promotion of meaningful learning through collaborative work as well. My commitment and approach to teaching have been rewarded with the highest teaching evaluations an instructor can receive: in an institution particularly dedicated to outstanding teaching, I am consistently among the top 10% of all professors and teaching assistants. 

I believe that clear, open communication with students is a key element in helping them learn. Looking back at my own learning experience as a student at a liberal arts college, I greatly value the supportive and caring environment that a college like Coe provides between professors and students. In my prospective career as a professor at this institution, I look forward to working in a collaborative learning and teaching environment with both faculty and students, where I can develop courses incorporating innovative teaching techniques and the most recent theories and research through an interdisciplinary approach. I am excited at the prospect of teaching Spanish 315 or Spanish 380 and I feel that I could contribute to a number of the other courses at both the introductory and intermediate level. I would also welcome the opportunity to develop new courses according to departmental needs. 

In my opinion, out-of-the-classroom education is the perfect complement to classroom learning and a way to help students learn a foreign language and become better citizens of the world. Drawing from my own experience as a study abroad student, I would be very interested in creating new study abroad courses or 5 becoming involved in any of the existing programs in Spain, Dominican Republic, Mexico, etc. that the Foreign Languages Department offers at Coe. I would also enjoy participating in the service learning programs where students work with the Spanish speaking community of Linn County. 

As a scholar in Peninsular Spanish literature and culture, I believe teaching and research should go hand in hand. When teaching literature and culture courses, I like to incorporate my own research on class and gender representation by providing additional materials that complement regular class content. Currently, my interdisciplinary research brings together historic, economic and geographic perspectives to explore the representation of female labor in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century novels, short novels and zarzuelas—Spanish operettas—in Spain. I propose that the narration of female work provides new insights into the ideological and material construction of the text itself. My project reveals that Costumbrismo, Realism, Modernism and Avant-Garde use class as the main social category to determine fictional urban working women’s gender and work identities and their (un)successful trajectory in the narrative. I contend that in these texts, class converges with gender in conflicting ways in the process of narrative signification, producing a multiplicity of contradictory meanings that expose turn-of-the-century bourgeois anxieties. I locate these rhetorical conceptualizations of urban female work as part of a historical moment in Spain when major social and economic transformations increased middle-class anxieties about national instability. I have already begun to publish findings from my dissertation. My article “Modern Castiza Landscapes: Working Women in Zarzuela” has been accepted for publication pending minor revisions by the Bulletin of Spanish Studies. I will also present a paper on female cabaret singers’ sexuality in zarzuelas and short novels at the MLA convention this January. 

After I finish my dissertation and publish it as a monograph, I plan to study the relationship between class, race and gender in current cultural manifestations in Spain. In this second project, I aim to explore how female peripheral characters—such as the prostitute, immigrant, or lesbian—negotiate and articulate notions of home and desire in the context of modern globalization in Spanish films and novels. 

I am very excited about the opportunity of joining Coe College, and I am enclosing my curriculum vitae and a sample of scholarly work. Letters of reference will arrive under a separate cover for your consideration. I will gladly provide any other supporting materials upon request. I will be attending the MLA convention in Los Angeles this January, and would be glad to meet you there at your convenience. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. 


Rachel Green”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for university job”

“Dear Professor Manfield,

I write to apply for the position of Lecturer, in the Department of Environmental Science at University of California-Santa Cruz. Enclosed you will find my most current resume, which includes my various educational publications, research proposals, and lectures.

Briefly, I have over ten years in professional teaching in Environmental Sciences at the university level, and over five working on research for various studies in the field. During this time, I have gained and developed upon already solid learning and teaching skills, and found the most successful means of educating to be in lecturer and participation session with students. Through a calculated partnership of organization of curriculum, teaching materials, and classroom implementation; I have been able to successfully teach varying concepts in Environmental Science-in an engaging way that promotes participation. Given the opportunity, I would bring this talent and experience to the University of California-Santa Cruz.

While there are a number of research projects I have in mind for my possible time at UC-Santa Cruz, my primary research interests are in the current climate of deforestation, and its effect on the environment. I know that this project would greatly interest many students.

Imminently, I will be sending letters of recommendation from a number of sources in my professional career to include education superiors while following up post doctorate study, as well as a supervisor from my university teaching.

Thank you so much for your time, and please feel free to contact me at (555)-555-5555 to schedule an interview.



Thomas Makeley

Encl: Resume”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for university job”

“POSITION: Assistant Lecturer

I am pleased to attach my résumé for consideration for the post of Lecturer II (Pharmaceutical Microbiology) in your institution. I am confident that my academic background and vast skills make me the ideal candidate for this role.

I hold a Master’s Degree in Microbiology (Pharmaceutical Microbiology) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology. Both degrees have accorded me professional mastery of Microbiology. I am proficient in public speaking and adept at sharing knowledge with varying audiences. I have demonstrated this through research papers and seminars that I presented at work places and in the course of my degrees. Furthermore, I am exceptionally skilled at employing computer packages as teaching aids, with attendant testimonials from past supervisors and students alike affirming my ability to bring ease of understanding to the most difficult of subjects.

My previous engagement as Research Assistant in the Nigerian Institute for Trypanosomiasis Research (NITR) in addition to rigorous course loads both at graduate and postgraduate studies, have enhanced my writing and research skills. I have also garnered teaching strength, especially in genetics, industrial microbiology and pharmaceutical microbiology. Additionally, I am inclined to active involvement in all aspects of academia: design of appropriate teaching and assessment methodologies, development of individual teaching materials as well as motivating students to attain their full academic potentials. Furthermore, I spent nearly six years working in public sphere, including marketing and customer service positions. These experiences afforded me the opportunity of developing administrative and organizational skills in addition to excellent communication and people-management skills.

I am desirous of utilizing these skills and experiences to advance the cause of your institution. The accompanying résumé can serve to provide you with greater details of my background but I welcome an opportunity to discuss in person, on the many ways in which I can bring value to this role.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for university job”

“Dear Dr. Veloz:

It is with pleasure and great interest that I submit to you the enclosed CV in application for your posting for a Lecturer. With more than 11 years of experience instructing university students while simultaneously leading administrative and research activities, I am positioned to make a significant and positive impact on your school in this role.

My background includes outstanding teaching experience at the University of Delaware, instructing first- through fourth-year students to stimulate information interest and retention while invigorating classes through the use of new technologies and models. I have received commendation from university leadership, faculty peers, and students for my dedication to teaching excellence and my commitment to ensuring outstanding student experiences. Furthermore, I hold a Doctorate degree from the academically rigorous Pennsylvania State University.

Highlights of my qualifications include:

Instructing a range of courses’spanning introductory through thesis-level content—for classes of up to 145 students.

Developing and presenting weekly lectures, leading discussion sections, grading assignments, maintaining student records, creating and updating course websites, and overseeing teaching assistants.

Consistently achieving an average ranking of 4.8 out of 5 for “quality of teaching” in student experience surveys.

Serving in an active role on numerous academic committees while concurrently advising senior students on research projects and continuing academic endeavors.

Performing in-depth research studies, conducting interviews, analyzing results, and presenting qualitative and quantitative data; publishing 14+ articles (as both author and co-author) in reputable academic journals.

With my experience and credentials, coupled with my superior communication and leadership skills, I am well prepared to dedicate myself to the highest standards of research and teaching at your university and become an integral member of your faculty team.

I look forward to discussing my qualifications in further detail. Thank you for your consideration.


Laura J. Gallagher, PhD”

Sample 5: “Cover letter for university job”

“Jamya Patrick

City, State, Zip Code

Home : 000-000-0000 Cell: 000-000-0000

Dear Ms. Marshall,

I am writing to apply for the Assistant Lecturer in Physics position with Springfield College. I hold a Master of Science degree in BioPhysics and possess three years experience as a Teacher’s Assistant. In my TA position in the Physics Department at Lowell University I assisted the professor by giving lectures planning lessons and grading papers as well as holding office hours to answer questions for students.

I am an effective instructor with a knack for making complex concepts easily understandable. My presentation style and speaking voice are clear concise and to the point. I am approachable and friendly and my students relate well to me. I have extensive knowledge in the field of physics never earning below an A in a science course throughout my academic career. I have assisted professors with projects experiments and conference presentations earning accolades for my insight and expertise. I would love the opportunity to bring these attributes to Assistant Lecturer in Physics at Springfield College.

I am convinced that my knowledge teaching skills and personal characteristics are what you are looking for in this Assistant Lecturer position. Please contact me at your earliest convenience to set up an interview and to view y portfolio. Thank you for your consideration.


Jamya Patrick”

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