Note: As of July 1, 2022 I am no longer affiliated with UCLA. Please allow for time between our correspondence as I transition to a new country and working environment. The information below will be relevant beginning January 2023.
University of Toronto students can register for virtual office hours at calendly.com/smythe. If you’re not a current student enrolled in my classes or not affiliated with the University of Toronto but would still like to meet with me, please get in touch via this contact form.
Letters and Reference Requests
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 and years of the classes you took with me 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.