More on the subject of job recommendation letters for the US market, now that that the season is upon us. In particular, I'd like to ask your help on recommendation letters addressing teaching. I'm under the impression that it doesn't matter very much whether the teaching letter comes from someone famous -- it could be anyone from your current institution. The problem with this for someone like myself, who is based in a non-US institution, is that few people at my institution have ever seen or written such a letter. I can probably find someone who is willing to write one, but how should I direct them, i.e. what is expected of a teaching reference? I guess that my fellow cocooners may not have seen such letters either, but perhaps someone knows about the typical format for teaching references, or even better, knows where to find a sample letter?
Related to teaching, there's a lot of talk about teaching evaluations that one should attach to a job application. These are not easy to come by outside the US. For instance, I've taught small seminar style classes for the last couple of years and although there is an online student evaluation system in effect, the (already few) students are under no obligation to submit evaluations. Lazy as they are, they generally don't. This means that I have hardly any teaching evaluations to attach to my application. Any suggestions on how to deal with that?