Dossier Services

Almost all institutions with doctoral programs have “dossier” services for their students applying for academic jobs. The dossier enables confidential materials (letters of recommendations and transcripts) to be sent to multiple institutions without passing through the candidate’s hands. At some institutions dossier processing is centralized; at others, such as Northeastern, dossiers are handled in the department. You can obtain a dossier packet, with instructions for set-up from the Graduate Office in 413 Lake.

The dossier contains the following materials:
• cover sheet;
• letters of recommendation
• official transcript(s) of your graduate course work, which you must request from the registrar.

Note that it is your responsibility to request the letters of recommendation to be directed to the placement officer, to order the transcript, and to supply all other agreed-upon materials for the dossier. The writing sample is not part of the dossier, and the Graduate Office does not send out writing samples. (Excerpted from pages 5-6 of the Academic Job Search Guide_last updated F 2014).