writing a cover letter
there was a workshop in my department a long time ago on how to write a cover letter for an academic job. maybe this has been covered elsewhere already, but i’m typing this up for myself anyway, might as well share it. comments & advice about this are welcome!
¶1: what you’re applying for, where you are (position, state of your dissertation), letters by X, Y, & Z
¶2: your interests & areas, what you bring to the department (complementary or new), about 3 sentences
¶3: the dissertation: central question, what is sociologically at stake, what you found, and highlight any published chapters
¶4: papers accepted or under review
¶6: future work/trajectory
¶7: thank you & sign off
throughout, highlight any (big) department or university awards.