I need advice regarding a nomination request. The instructor who took a summer course (continuing education) at a top northeast college sent out an email to the course mailing list seeking support his case and providing online link for nomination for an important teaching award.
I had taken the course, and would really like to strongly support this teacher. Is it good form to reply to his email for support, saying I would support his case, and if he has any input that he wants me to highlight in filling out the nomination essay answers?
I thought he had handled the course very well, and he was supportive of students' career pursuits during the course. I want to strongly support him, but wonder if replying to his email and asking for his input will seem too forward and not ordinary.
What is the right way to go about informing him of my support and incorporating his input in the nomination form without being seen as too eager to support?
I'm not an expert in teaching awards, but it seems like the instructor has already crossed an ethical line by mass mailing the class and asking for support. Perhaps that's a common practice at some institutions, but most would frown on it.
What's your motivation? Are you hoping for some quid pro quo
, i.e. you write a nice supporting letter for him and then later he writes a recommendation letter for you? Or are you just a big fan of the teacher and want to help him out?
In either case, since the teacher wasn't shy about sending out the mass email, I highly doubt he'd be offended by your asking how you can help. If you're hoping for a recommendation letter I'd be a bit more careful (since you don't want to blatantly make it a trade for favours).
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