Asking for job advice for partner from future graduate advisor - etiquette?
July 6, 2012 10:30 AM Subscribe
I'm planning to ask for job advice on behalf of my partner, from my future graduate advisor, because my partner's interested in a job opening at my future graduate school. Totally acceptable / useful thing to do, or a horrible violation of academic etiquette?
posted by pants to Education (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm going to be starting a two year Master's program this fall towards a professional degree. My partner and I are relocating from out-of-state for this program, and I have received a graduate assistantship in the school where my department sits.
My partner (let's call him Sam), whose experience and degree is in higher education, has been searching for relevant job openings in our future hometown. Sam found an opening which is a great fit for him - advising undergrad students in the school where I'll be doing my Master's.
Sam asked me if I'd be open to sending an email to my contacts in my program and asking for any background info about the position. My immediate response was to be wary of asking for any "favors" or "special treatment". The people in question are (1) my graduate program director and (2) my future advisor, who also happens to be my direct supervisor for the assistantship.
However, I've also heard that the relationship between graduate students and faculty is a little more like colleagues than when I was an undergrad, and that faculty know that graduate students have families and partners that are coming with them for a program and want to support them if possible.
I asked Sam to draft up an email, and he gave me the below. Do you think this is an appropriate request? If so, do you think the wording below is fitting? Thanks, MeFi!
Dear Professor X:
It was great to chat with you last month. As the summer progresses, I'm getting more and more excited to start the Master's program in the fall.
As we are relocating to the area, my partner is continuing to look for work. He is enthusiastically applying to the Advisor position at the School of XX, as posted on the University website. It seems like a great fit considering his experience and education (Master's in Education and advising experience). As he prepares to submit his letter and resume, might you have any background or information on the position that might help him to get a foot-in-the-door?
Either way, I'll look forward to working with you soon.
Best - Pants