I can write letters of reference for those who I have taught, employed, or advised.
In general I need to have had two interactions with a student in order to write a good reference. Examples of an “interaction” include taking one class, a semester as a student assistant or other employee, being on a department committee with me, being an official advisee for a year or more (if you actually met with me from time to time), or being active in a student group I interacted with a fair bit.
If you are in the first year of the MUP it is fine to have had only one interaction e.g. taking a class or being on a committee with me.
To write a letter of reference I need your:
- unofficial grades
- draft copy of any cover letter or statement of purpose
- address (with email)
- If your application is for a program or job in a design field, I need to see a copy of your portfolio–at least the highlights. I prefer PDF files and/or online portfolios. I do not need a very high resolution version and appreciate smaller file sizes.
If it is essential that I send a paper copy of the letter, or if the copy needs to be uploaded to a web site, please make that clear. I typically need two weeks to write a letter during semester and three weeks during breaks.
Please also read my Planetizen advice on applying to graduate schools before you send me the materials. Particularly important are entries on:
- Obtaining letters of reference for graduate school in planning:
- Deciding if you want to be a planner (with some relevance for other fields): http://www.planetizen.com/node/38163
- Applying to graduate school:
- Statements of purpose:
- Planning experience before graduate school:
- The planning portfolio (most important for design and typically not required for applications in planning):