Assistant Professor & ESL Coordinator, Northern Michigan University
Please note that the rules on this page are not negotiable. If you do not abide by them, I will not give feedback to you via your emails and I will not give feedback on your documents or even accept them.
This is not personal: I teach several different classes, I edit international students’ work, and I have too many emails and documents to address yours if your emails/documents do not include this information.
Email Subject Lines
I will not open/read an email that does not include this subject line format:
Course name and Section_YourName_Reason for email
For example, if you are taking English 493, and you are in the first course (493-1), your subject line should read as follows:
493_1_YourName_Reason for email
I will not read an email unless it contains the following:
I will not open an email attachment that does not include this title format:
Course name and Section_YourName_Assignment Title
For example, if you are taking English 493, and you are in the first course (493-1), and you are emailing me a second revised copy of your resume, your attachment should be named as follows:
Please note that while smiley faces are usually discouraged in professional situations, I use them often when emailing students. While our emails to one another are academically professional emails, I see a need at times to show a friendly face within the email.