In applying for a position in higher education, the cover letter seems the least important piece of the application materials for many applicants. The curriculum vitae and transcripts provide the core of an application and document an aspiring faculty member’s experiences and training. The letters of reference are from one’s strongest supporters who will paint a strong image of the aspirant’s experience and potential.
However, the key to a successful application is in the details. The cover letter is the way to pull the many pieces of an applicant’s professional record in one place.