Sample Contact Letter

Professor «FirstName» «LastName»




«City», «State»  «PostalCode»


Dear Professor «LastName»:


The Department of Marketing at Kent State University is seeking applications for a new tenure-track Assistant Professor position, to start in August 2002. We will be interviewing at the AMA Summer Educators’ Meeting on August 11th-14th in Washington, D.C., so we ask that applications be received by July 13, 2001 to ensure consideration.


We are seeking candidates that have a Ph.D. or DBA in Marketing, or who expect to complete requirements no later than August 2001. Our Faculty members are expected to publish in refereed marketing journals, so evidence of research productivity or promise thereof is required. New Faculty are assigned a 2/2 teaching load for two years; after that, our typical teaching load is 3/2, with the possibility of obtaining a course reduction for scholarly contributions. Candidates with teaching experience are preferred – we are interested in your syllabi and course evaluations. Relevant work experience is also a "plus."


Kent State is located in an attractive suburban area accessible to both Akron and Cleveland. Our residential campus in Kent draws a large undergraduate population (approximately 18,000) – our student body is growing, and the marketing major is now the most popular in the College of Business! Our graduate degree programs include the Ph.D., MBA, P("Professional")MBA for part-time students, and EMBA. All of these programs are fully accredited by AACSB – International. In addition to the Kent campus, the Kent State system includes eight regional campuses, serving undergraduates throughout northeastern Ohio. As a result, distance learning is also becoming very important to our College.


We hope that you will encourage your doctoral students and colleagues who may be ready for a new opportunity to apply. To do so, send a letter of intent, vita, and supporting information regarding research and teaching to me at the address listed above (please do not fax these materials). If you prefer to email an application, or if you have questions, these may be directed to me at As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, Kent State University is committed to excellence through diversity; therefore qualified individuals traditionally underrepresented in university marketing departments are strongly encouraged to apply. Please note that all new KSU employees must have permission to work in the U.S.; therefore, employment eligibility verification is required.


Thank you for your assistance in locating suitable applicants.