I am writing to share the [Berkeley department] recruitment advertisement in the field/area of ____, and to request your assistance in soliciting names of potential outstanding candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our goals of diversity and inclusion in higher education. We are particularly interested in learning of talented doctoral students or junior faculty who are women or underrepresented minorities (African Americans, Latin Americans or Hispanics, and Native Americans), as well as candidates with disabilities.
As one of the preeminent public universities in the world, UC Berkeley is committed to equity and inclusion through its leadership and promotion of a positive campus climate for all constituents. The University is also committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents, with excellent family and spouse/partner responsive policies and programs.
Thank you in advance for sharing our recruitment advertisement with potential candidates. Please let us know of individuals who we should contact directly to encourage the submission of an application.
I am writing to ask your help in identifying promising outstanding candidates for the position identified in the enclosed announcement for an [assistant/associate/full professor] in [identify field]. We are looking for someone with interests in [discipline], and with a focus on [various specialty areas that match current department needs].
[Information about the overall department/school, unique strengths, interests, focus]. We are seeking a colleague who can respond to and build on these interests, in collaboration with the other faculty in the program. She or he will also play an important role in [developing any new undergraduate or advanced degree programs, building collaborative ties with other programs, etc.].
We are strongly committed to equity and inclusion at UC Berkeley and within the [department/school]. Our student body at the undergraduate and graduate levels is increasingly diverse demographically, and we seek to hire new excellent scholars who will thrive at Berkeley, share our values as a public institution, and make strong contributions to diversity in their research, teaching or service. In our evaluation process for new faculty we give recognition to these efforts.
If you know any scholars who have made strong contributions to diversity, particularly women and underrepresented minorities, and who might be interested in this position, I would greatly appreciate your dropping me a brief note with their contact information.
Thank you in advance for your help. If you have any questions about [program or department] or about the search, please don’t hesitate to call me.
I am writing to share the [Berkeley department] recruitment advertisement in the field/area of ____. [Information about the position, department needs, teaching, students, etc].
I would like to request your assistance in soliciting the names of potential outstanding candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our university goals of diversity and inclusion in higher education. In particular, we seek individuals who will excel at Berkeley in their research, teaching, and service, and who have engaged, or plan to engage in activities that promote our goals and values as one of the world’s leading public institutions of higher education. Examples may include mentoring underrepresented students or postdocs, serving on committees that focus on diversity, equity, climate and/or inclusion, or other activities such as student groups, course development, or work in communities serving underserved groups.
Please let me know of any individuals I should contact and encourage to apply for our position.
Dear Professor X,
The X Department at Berkeley is advertising an open-rank position in the following fields: X, Y, and Z. As Chair of the Search Committee, I am writing to ask whether you might have any interest in the position and, if so, whether you might consider putting in an application. The search committee has been reading your work with great interest.
If you think you might be interested in the position, or if you have any questions about the position or about the search process, please let me know. If it turns out that you would like to apply, you can learn more about the position here: URL. The application at the tenured rank requires only a brief cover letter stating interest and a CV. Names of references are not required at the time of application, although they may be requested at a later stage.
I do hope that this is something you might consider. And again, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions.
Dear Professor X,
I am writing in my capacity as Chair of the Search Committee of the X Department at Berkeley to let you know that we have advertised an open rank position in one of the following areas: X, Y, and Z. You can find more details about the position by following this link: URL.
Should you be interested in the position, we would very much welcome an application from you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the position or about the application process.
I'm aware of your recent work related to X and thus want to direct your attention to the open position at UC Berkeley in the area of X and/or Y. I encourage you to consider applying for the job (announcement attached) and I'm happy to answer any questions, if that would be helpful.