Hi Prof,I must be getting soft, because I simply didn't respond. What to make of this? What interest can an undergraduate have in a faculty member's CV? I suppose there's a chance that the student is mistaken about what a CV is. A colleague is convinced that certain students try to collect CVs for purposes of identifying "Leftists" and this is what is happening. Has anyone else received this kind of request?
I'm interested in your [course] next term and I'm told you've published a lot on [the topic of the course]. On the basis of the syllabus [the course] looks interesting. Could I get a copy of your CV? Emailing it is fine.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Odd Student Request
I know that the medium of email has introduced a lot of informality into the relationship between undergraduate students and their professors. There's a lot that's worth complaining about in that, but mostly I just try to ignore it. But recently I received an email from an undergraduate that's exceptional in a way that is hard to describe. A student wrote me the following (almost verbatim):