chaussettes Posted January 13, 2010 Share Posted January 13, 2010 (edited) Hi! A newbie with a question. I'm planning on applying to grad school for Comp Lit next year (medieval lit, French, Spanish and Latin), and I was trying to decide now whom I would like ask to write recommendations for me. I already have one recommender in mind (a professor who is very well-known and with whom I have taken several classes, including a graduate seminar), but I am trying to pick two more out of three. What I am unsure of is whether it is more important to have a recommender who is tenured (or tenure-track), or someone whose interests are more closely aligned to what I intend to study (and apply for) in grad school. The three people I have in mind are: 1. An associate prof in Comp Lit and Classics. 2. An assistant prof in Comp Lit and Classics, but a medievalist. Focuses mainly on medieval Latin, but does other medieval literatures as well. 3. A lecturer in Comp Lit. Does medieval French and Welsh literature. Despite being a lecturer, is relatively well known, has numerous publications (including a well-reviewed book). Edited one of the ms in the recently published edition of the various Chanson de Roland, alongside some very well known and distinguished scholars in the field. I have done extremely well in classes with all three of them, but I don't know whom to pick. All the sources of advice I have read say that it is best to choose a someone who is tenured or is tenure-track--some even say that, if possible, the recommender should be a full professor, not an associate professor. Does tenure outweigh the importance of relevance to my intended field of study? I am trying to decide now because next semester, the associate prof and the lecturer are each teaching a class at the same time, both of which I am very interested in, and ideally, I would like to take a class with whomever I plan to ask for a recommendation. Any advice you have to offer would be much appreciated! Edited January 13, 2010 by chaussettes Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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