In the announcement of a tenure-track faculty opening in computer science in USA, I see a request for
a letter of application explaining your interest in ⟨university⟩ and in this position
Other documents (CV, research & teaching statements, scholarly work, references) are also requested, cover letter not being among them. The application goes to a small, mostly liberal-art university.
How many pages are typically expected for the letter of application? Is a cover letter expected in addition?
I have read What are the differences between a cover letter and an application letter?, which, however, speaks about a PhD position. I have also read the links provided there, but, they are targeted more towards the non-academic job market.