Teaching students the basic “netiquette” of emailing a professor

August 30, 2019

When it comes to heading off the “3 a.m. need-your-help-now emails from Jake no Last Name,” writes Colleen Flaherty, teaching students how to email their professors appropriately “is a necessary gift that keeps on giving.” While expectations vary, Flaherty finds that professors typically prefer that students write in complete sentences, use appropriate salutations, and get to the point. US professors Paul T Corrigan and Cameron Hunt McNabb write that although the idea of teaching students how to write appropriate emails may seem “elementary” at first blush, rhetorical questions about context, genre, audience, and purpose are valuable learning opportunities and can lead to more sophisticated communication skills. Flaherty concludes by noting that consideration of how instructors address students is just as important. Inside Higher Ed (International)