Students are why I am here at Mount Holyoke. I love the community of students, faculty, and staff, and I love teaching. That said, this means I have large administrative demands, of which I am less fond. I want to help you learn and launch your career. Please help me help you by looking through these guidelines.
Are you looking for a letter of recommendation?
- Before we begin, a) have you thought carefully about why I am one of the top 3 people who should write you a letter? b) is your deadline at least three weeks away? and c) have you asked me for a letter yet? Assuming a) and b) are good, go ahead and ask (email or in person both fine). Fine print: occasionally I will be unable to write the letter for some reason. But usually I am able to, especially if a) and b) are good.
- Once I’ve agreed to write a letter, set up an appointment with me ASAP to discuss what you are applying for. We may do this over phone or Skype if you are off-campus.
- Instructions for getting the letter(s) delivered painlessly!
Are you looking for a course website or syllabus?
- Current courses are on Moodle.
- If this is for a past course but you are still a MHC student, you should be able to see old courses on Moodle.
- You can email me your request. Please verify steps 1 and 2 have failed before doing so. Be specific about what you need in your email.
Are you trying to make an appointment or come to office hours?
- Open office hours are listed at the top of Moodle sites and on my office door (Kendade 219).
- Private appointment sign-up here: tinyurl.com/nordstromcalendar
- You can email me for an appointment. Please verify steps 1 and 2 have failed before doing so. Please suggest several time windows over several days in your email.
Are you interested in doing research with me?
- Awesome! If at all possible, tell me of your interest in person so it’s on my radar.
- Go to the lab website. At the bottom of the page, there is a link to formally register your interest. Fill out the form!
Do you want me to come to your game or performance?
- Awesome! Please invite me (really us). Students often assume we (professors) already know about campus events or don’t want to come to them. Sadly, neither is true!
- If I can’t make it this time, don’t assume that means I’m not interested. Please invite me to the next one!
- Please read and digest my emails thoroughly. I will extend you the same respect.
- Before you send me an email, double-check that your question is not addressed in the syllabus/website nor can be answered by another student or PLUMs mentor. If this is a question better addressed in person, I suggest coming to office hours or making an appointment. I cannot give essay replies to long questions.
- All this aside, when in doubt, go ahead and send the email. I would rather have the communication happen over email than not happen at all.
- I am only active on email M-F, 9-5 pm. (And only when I don’t have class, meetings, or other work scheduled.) If you have an emergency, I prefer you let me know IMMEDIATELY over email. But bear in mind I may not be able to reply until the next business day.
- Generally, I do my best to clear my inbox. If you have not received a reply within 48 hours, feel free to resend your message.