Your dossier should contain:
Materials such as resumes, curriculum vitas, statements of teaching and research philosophy, dissertation abstract, lists of courses taught, abstracts of published and/or presented papers etc., should be retained by the individual and sent with their application as requested.
Transcripts: Students should submit a copy of all transcripts to be included in the dossier file to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) Assistant. If original transcripts from previous institutions were submitted with their application to the U of MN, they can be used as long as they reflect the last degree awarded.
Letters of Recommendation: Students will be asked to sign a confidentiality waiver for their file for each person writing a letter of recommendation. (Ask for a copy of the waiver.) The signed waiver will be kept in their dossier file. Original letters of recommendation should be given directly to the DGS Assistant by the person making the recommendation.
Send the complete mailing address and/or email for each dossier request to the DGS Assistant. Allow a minimum of five working days for the documents to be copied and mailed. All dossiers will be sent by regular US mail or email (according to instructions from the hiring institution). Copies are made of the original letters and transcripts and sent with an Dossier Cover Page using department letterhead.
Dossier files will be maintained by the Department of Writing Studies until five (5) years after graduation. At that time, dossier files will be shredded and discarded per University of Minnesota regulations to maintain confidentiality.