I am unable to reach one of my faculty member through email, phone call or even in person, who have agreed on providing me with a recommendation letter. He is not replying to my email, phone number is unavailable and even not coming to the office. I do not know what is wrong or what is the matter, I might miss a deadline of a university which I am really intending to attend.I have given him multiple reminder and not even sure whether he has seen them or not.

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    Have you talked to the department secretary/administrative assistant to see if they know where he is?
    – mkennedy
    Jan 12, 2019 at 17:49
  • Getting a recommendation letter from a family member may not be a good idea.
    – JeffE
    Jan 14, 2019 at 9:21

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Here are some ideas (from high to low priority / potential efficacy ):

  1. Explain administrative stuff of the faculty your situation and ask for help. Maybe they know that he/she is abroad and will come soon. Or he/she is sick and will likely not be able to help you.

  2. Find his/her students and explain your situation and ask for help.

  3. Talk to some other faculty member asking whether he/she can help you to locate him.

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