The application for TA fellowship, one normally takes recommedations from previous professors one has TAed under. What he replied when I messaged him asking for a letter of recommendation:
If you remember I had major difficulties with the group of TAs of last year: the group behaved as if its internships were the most important jobs and only if it had time and in marginal hours, it would do its job. I rarely got an answer from my emails, I had to send the same email several times. The group rarely answered students' emails and their assignments' questions. I asked for the group's support to proctor the exam, and at the beginning, nobody was willing to help. You were more collaborative than the rest. However, I still had to invest a significant amount of time to compensate for the complete lack of support of the TA group. So, in these conditions is very difficult for me to write the very positive letter that you need to win the scholarship. I am sorry that I cannot be more helpful at this time.
All of the things he says are not valid for me.
I didn't have internships, students sent me thank you after attending office hours and I went out of the way several times to accommodate his requests. Although, I can remember I replied him a few times the next day due to other work. He also did several things like threatening TAs for complaints which very out of the line at my University and unheard of.
Can I dispute his claims? I don't want a letter of recommendation anymore, I feel under-appreciated for the work I put in. I feel like I should reply to him, but I feel a bit angry for
- dealing with him with through the course for this
- trying to go the extra mile for a future recommendation.
Background info: The professor is not from my University and was hired to teach to a summer course.
Possible reply: Attach a thank you email I received from one of students taking the course, and mention two times I went over the line to co-operate with him.