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    addressing recipient for an academic position

    Hi,

    I am about to apply for a position at a US university. Should I address the recipient (a professor):

    1: Dear [first_Name last_name]
    2: Dear Madam,
    3: Dear Dr. Last_name

    ?

    If I win the application, the recipient will be my boss. I am myself of the same academic rank (PhD, tenured...), but younger. Also, I do not know her. In personal correspondence, the global norm is 1), I think, but I want to strike the right tone in the US. However, it would also be interesting to know what the suggestion would be elsewhere.

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    Re: addressing recipient for an academic position

    I'm not an academic, but my father is. I think the usual practice is Dear Dr. X.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: addressing recipient for an academic position

    Quote Originally Posted by postdeborinite View Post
    1: Dear [first_Name last_name]
    2: Dear Madam,
    3: Dear Dr. Last_name

    In personal correspondence, the global norm is 1), I think,
    The first is certainly not the norm in BrE. It is the one that seems to me to be completely unacceptable. My wife, who is an academic, tells me that she normally sends and receives letters with the salutation Dear Dr Surname.

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