I am working as an Assistant Professor at a university for over 2 years, but I am not happy with my current job and university. I want to apply to a university in another country (from where I've done my PhD) for a faculty position.

I'd like to know if it would help the application if a colleague who is a PhD and already holding a Tenure Track Position writes a letter of recommendation for in support of this application?

  • To be sure I understand correctly, the colleague is a more senior colleague at the place you are currently working at or they are at the place you apply to? – quid Aug 5 '20 at 13:59
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    To explain more, yes, he knows me for over 2 and a half year, but he is working with me at my current place of working, not at the place I am applying to – Dr. Rahman Aug 5 '20 at 14:08

In a comment, you noted that this individual is working with you at your current position.

Yes, I think you should have a letter from a colleague at your current institution. Indeed, if you didn't have a letter from a co-worker (ideally, your chair, but I know that's tough for assistants) it would raise red flags. This letter should speak to your expertise in research, teaching, and service but almost more importantly, provide some context as to why you are departing. Search committees will want to have a narrative that you're moving to another university because it's better or for some other germane reason, and not because you're being forced out or are a toxic colleague, if that makes sense.

So not only should you have a letter from a colleague at your current university, I would argue that it's almost always a necessity.

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