Writing an email to a professor is a very common way to get information about a class, a grade or an assignment. Posting to networking sites and class portals is also becoming routine. It’s so common that it is easy to forget you are writing to a teacher and not a peer. Here are some things you should keep in mind when communicating with a professor electronically.
No yo! Teachers need a little respect. Even the most casual professor would prefer a complete sentence when you are contacting them. Structure an email to a professor more like you would a paper than a text message. Writing in formal English also makes you more direct and clear about what it is you are trying to ask.
Check your tone! It’s really easy to sound short and demanding when you are asking for something. As corny as it sounds to say, it is always a good idea to temper a request for anything with a please and thank you.
Turnaround time. Your professors are professionals and busy professionals at that! When you contact them outside of class you are entering into a relation with their professional space. So beyond common courtesy and tone you should be patient. A response may take a few days, even to a time sensitive question. It may be unreasonable to expect a response to a question before the next class!
Netspeak is a foreign language. Even simple emoticons may not be in a professor’s lexicon. Remember that these shorthand structures are context specific and without the experience of online gaming and rapid-fire interchange, many of these shorthand gestures are unintelligible 🙂
Undergraduate Participants Info Sessions (Kimmel 806): Friday, Oct. 15, 12-1 PM/ Tuesday,11/16, 1-2 PM/ Thursday,11/18, 12-1 PM Undergraduate student deadline: December 3 at midnight Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is a nationally recognized 1-credit course that brings together small groups of students from diverse backgrounds to share their experiences and gain new knowledge related to diversity and social justice. This 8-week course takes place in the spring semester only and facilitated by NYU Graduate Students. Credit is offered through the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities in the Professions within the Steinhardt School of Culture, Communication & Education. “The IGD class enables students to learn valuable lessons beyond what we would learn in other classes. IGD was one the best experiences I’ve had and definitely the best class. I’m glad I took this class and got to meet such wonderful individuals and facilitators. “ -2010 Participant Check www.cmep.nyu.edu for more application information and important dates. RSVPs for Info Sessions encouraged and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Facilitator applications deadline is 11/29/2010! Apply at www.cmep.nyu.edu. Two remaining information sessions! 11/2 from 6-7 PM or 11/10 from 1-2 PM Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is a nationally recognized 1-credit course that brings together small groups of undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to share their experiences and gain new knowledge related to diversity and social justice. This 8-week course takes place in the spring semester only and is facilitated by NYU Graduate Students. Graduate Students can receive credit offered through the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities in the Professions within the Steinhardt School of Culture, Communication & Education or all also encouraged to participate for independent study. More information is available at www.cmep.nyu.edu.
3rd Floor Student Lounge, Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East
Refreshment will be served
Simply put, the Education Pioneers summer Graduate School Fellowship Program enables you to find your path in education reform, use your skills to make an impact, and join a network to transform education. Our Fellows
■consult with leading education organizations to complete mission-critical projects,
■participate in multi-disciplinary leadership development workshops, and
■gain access to a robust national network of education leaders.
The Steinhardt Office of Student Affairs invites you to learn from the experts how you can apply for some of the world’s most prestigious scholarships through NYU.
Dr. Kim Germain, NYU’s Director of Scholarship Programs, and Dr. Catherine Moore, Music Business Professor and Fulbright Committee member, will answer questions about how undergraduate and graduate students can apply for and win scholarships to study and travel throughout the world.
NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS INFORMATION SESSION Monday, October 25, 2010 at 3:30pm Pless Hall, 3rd Floor Student Lounge
Please join us for Conversations of Color on Thursday, October 21st, 12:30-1:45 pm, Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East, 3rd floor lounge. Lunch will be provided. The goal of Conversations of Color is to provide a forum for students, faculty and administrators to meet and talk about issues of diversity.
We are delighted to invite your nominations for the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. Nominations may be submitted by students, faculty, and alumni. Please note that only full-time faculty members with one of the following titles are eligible to receive the award: Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Music/Clinical Professor, Music/Clinical Associate Professor, Music/Clinical Assistant Professor, Research Professor, Research Associate Professor, Research Assistant Professor, Master Teacher, Teacher. The award was established to recognize full-time faculty who have contributed significantly to the intellectual life of the University through their teaching. Recipients of the award will have demonstrated their excellence as educators over a sustained period of time. You may use the following criteria as a guide: outstanding teaching effectiveness, intellectual development of students, innovative pedagogical approach, scholarly professional contributions, advising and mentoring students, curriculum development and enhancement.
The WELLNESS EXPO has been re-scheduled and will take place this Thursday 10/14 – same place (Washington Place, the block between Pless Hall and Silver Bldg) same goodies ( treats and freebies from the Student Health Center and other NYU offices and vendors) and the same FREE FLU SHOTS in the lobby of Pless Hall. See you between 11AM and 3PM on Thursday.
Turns out we were a bit premature saying that the Wellness Expo would happen on Thursday “rain or shine”. Since it now looks like torrential rains all day long THE WELLNESS EXPO HAS BEEN POSTPONED – TENTATIVE RESCHEDULE DATE IS OCTOBER 14.
We will still have free flu shots available in the lobby of Pless Hall on Thursday 9/30 from 11 – 3 so slog on over and get yourself protected.
Will post new date for the Expo when it is confirmed.
Don’t miss 4 hours of fun, games and free stuff on Thursday Sept 30th at the Wellness Expo “Don’t Worry, Be Healthy” event. Come to Washington Place (between Pless Hall and Silver Bldg) from 11 – 3 We’ll have 20 booths where you can get info, play games & win prizes. Nice people will hand you freebies of all shapes and sizes. You won’t want to miss out on the ever-popular FREE FLU SHOTS in the lobby of Pless Hall. See you Thursday rain or shine!!