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I use one teaching letter from each job that I have had. Thus, some are older, and some are newer. I have gotten 7 interviews for teaching-intensive jobs over the past two years.


While I've yet to be on a search committee, my colleagues assured me that it doesn't really matter to them, provided that the candidate has a least one recentish letter (say in the last two years). The advice about having one from various levels (grad school, adjunct, VAP) is also sound.

Other advice: get teaching letters from former students. Also, if your school has a center for teaching and learning (or whatever the title may be) asked them to come and observe your teaching and provide written feedback. You can ask them for a recommendation and tell your colleagues that you are just looking for ways to improve your teaching. That way you look good to both your current colleagues and you get a letter from someone who isn't just your friend in the department, but an expert in pedagogy.


Thanks for the comments! I will go ahead and submit my old letters, as well as my current one.


Coming late to the discussion, but many community colleges stipulate that letters must be within the past 2 years (occasionally the past year). So it would be good to have recent letters to satisfy this administrative requirement if you plan to hit that market.

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