Adjunct professor vs. assistant professor for letter of rec

Nursing Students Pre-Nursing


  1. Which letter of recommendation would you use?

    • 5
      Adjunct anatomy teach
    • 0
      Full-time microbiology teacher
    • 2
      Doesn't matter

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I have been lucky enough to receive four letter of recommendation, but unfortunately, I can only use three of them. For my third LOR, I can either use one from my anatomy teacher who loved me and I'm sure wrote a glowing letter but is only an adjunct professor, or I can use my micro teacher who probably wrote a more sterile LOR (pun intended) but is a full-time biology teacher. This is for a very competitive ABSN program.

Would love to hear what you think.

Thanks in advance!

I wouldn't worry about someone "only" being an adjunct professor. Colleges and universities are full of adjunct faculty these days (sadly); that, by itself, in no way diminishes the recommendation.

It's not like the letter is going to say, "Oh, by the way, I'm only an adjunct professor at this school." It will say, "I had so-and-so in my undergraduate anatomy course last semester, and found this student to be (blah, blah, blah)."

Go with whoever you feel like wrote you a better letter. It doesn't matter if they are adjunct or not.

Specializes in MSICU.

Agree with the above, not to mention that anatomy and physiology is IMO a harder course, so a glowing recommendation from that coursework would mean more than the micro class.

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