Finding and interviewing strangers
August 19, 2009 3:33 PM Subscribe
How do I contact strangers in higher education to help me with grad school interview projects?
posted by dayintoday to education (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm frequently required by my grad school classes to interview higher education professionals (faculty, administrators, lawyers, and so on) on various topics. Sometimes the interviews are quick questions, and sometimes they are rather lengthy. It's almost always required that the interviewee is from an institution with which I am not affiliated (my grad school or my employer). Occasionally, the interviews are to be completed on very short notice (a few days).
I generally send friendly emails to several potential interview candidates, or those who can put me in touch with candidates (for example, the secretary of a student affairs office when I need to interview a student affairs administrator). The response is occasionally (OK, rarely) positive and helpful, but often there is no response or one that is too delayed to be of help. The most luck I've had has come from begging friends on Facebook to hook me up with friends they know in higher ed, but I'd rather learn how to do this on my own.
I can understand not being immediately available for such a favor, but is there any way to make the prospect more appealing or target more willing candidates?
(Note: I do not have any such projects on my plate at the moment. I'm not trying to use this question to fish for candidates.)