Harvey’s Sample Cover Letter

Dear Kathy,

Greetings from Orono! I hope that you remember me and the times you spent training and working as a tutor in the University of Maine writing center. I often think of you and wonder how and what you are doing at Farmington. Recently my interest in former tutors has led me to engage in a formal research project that is going to look at the long and short-term effects of being a peer writing tutor in college. Paula Gillespie, the writing center director at Marquette University, Brad Hughes, writing center director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and I are working together to design a national study on the value of peer tutoring on former peer writing tutors. I am hoping that you will participate in this important study.

I’ve pasted into this e-mail some open-ended questions that I am asking you to take the time to reflect on and respond to. If you hit reply with quote, you can simply respond directly to me. I’ve also attached the questions as a Word document if you’d prefer to work offline and then email or snail mail them back to me.

The length of time it will take to complete the questions will vary with your answers and your experience. I hope they will provide a good reflection for you on your time as a tutor, but if you feel you want to add anything I don’t ask about, please do so. If you have suggestions for making the study more valuable, please don’t hesitate to share those ideas with me.

I’m pleased to say that I have been asked to report on this project at the International Writing Centers Association Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania at the end of October, and I would very much like to include your response. Could you get it back to me by October 1?

Aside from the survey, I’m very much looking forward to hearing from you! Thank you so much.

Harvey Kail
Writing Center Director
Orono, ME. 04469


Paula’s Cover Letter
Brad’s Cover Letter