Note: I am on leave from UCLA for the 2021-22 academic year and will not be holding open office hours or meeting with students during this time. Below is an archive of information that will be relevant again as of September 2022.
Students can register for [current term] virtual office hours at calendly.com/smythe. If you’re not a current student/not affiliated with UCLA, but would still like to meet with me, get in touch via this contact form.
Congratulations on pursuing the next step in your life’s journey! I will try to support you as best as I can.
In order to obtain a letter of reference (LOR) from me, please begin by sending me a brief but formal request via email. Be sure to include relevant information: e.g., the names of the classes you were in with me, why I am the best person to provide you with this letter, and the due date for the LOR (please especially include this). The subject line should read “REQUEST: [Your Last Name] Letter of Recommendation/Reference.” Note: Given the volume of requests I receive each year, I am more likely to accept your request if you have taken at least two (2) classes with me, or if we have worked substantively together in some other capacity. This includes organizing/community-oriented work within and beyond the confines of the university.
If I have agreed to write for you, please email submission guidelines and a copy of your application statement (this could be a letter of intent or similar justification for admission/hire), along with your most current CV/résumé and any other supplemental materials. I will not be able to accommodate last minute requests, so please send your materials to me at least four (4) weeks before your submission deadline(s). If you are applying to multiple places, provide an itemized list with deadlines.