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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.

When Interfolio dossier delivery is not available, the English Department offers a separate dossier service for students and alumni. The dossier contains the following materials:

Note that it is your responsibility to request the letters of recommendation to be directed to the placement officer, to order the transcript(s), 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. Candidates should only request a departmental dossier to be sent when Interfolio services are not offered by a particular institution.

Dossier Resources

Please reference the Dossier Service Packet for instructions for set-up.

Please contact the Graduate Program Administrator ( or Erika Boeckeler for a copy of the 2021 guide.

Please use the Dossier Request Form to request a dossier to be sent for a job application.