Contacting me

[Your professor]

The following information is intended for currently enrolled UofT students. If you are someone else, please go here instead.

Contact details

MP 1118, located on 11th floor of tall Burton Tower wing of McLennan Physics Laboratories
+1 416 978 3911
09:00-18:00 Mon-Fri for normal business
09:00-21:00 Mon-Sun in urgent circumstances only
by email appointment only
Snail mail
Department of Physics,
University of Toronto,
60 St George Street,
Toronto, ON,
Canada M5S 1A7.

Etiquette tips

First and foremost: I welcome contact from students I teach. It is my job to support your learning, and I am willing to listen to whatever questions or concerns you might have. Here are a few tips which I hope will make the process of communicating with me easier for you.

What to call me
Many students feel uncomfortable addressing a university professor by their first name. I encourage all students, both undergraduate and graduate, to call me Prof. Peet or Dr. Peet.
Here is a handy guide to getting my pronouns right.
Dropping by
For undergraduate courses I teach, I hold regular office hours every week. Plan to make use of them as your primary port of call if you would like my help with course-related matters. You do not need to book -- just drop by whenever works for you. The second mechanism that often works for quick questions is to catch me in the corridor after class, if you are not rushing to another class.
To avoid disappointment when dropping by my office outside of regular office hours, please book an appointment by email. First, check my schedule of regular weekly commitments to find out when I might be available. Then indicate in your email all days and times when you are available in the relevant week. I will reply with a timeframe that works for both of us. If you are not sure whether you will need a private appointment, I recommend booking one anyway. If you end up not needing it, you can always cancel on short notice without me getting grumpy (extra time in the day = yay!).
Aim for clarity and brevity: consider the five.sentenc.es policy.
How to Email Your Professor (without being annoying AF).
If you plan to phone, it is smart to be clear about what you want from me before picking up the handset. Jot down some brief notes on what you plan to ask, so as not to forget anything. To begin the call, briefly state your name and university affiliation (e.g. Hi, it's Kayla speaking, I'm in your UofT 199 class). Then briefly summarize your reason for calling.
If you want my help with something that has a deadline, the earlier you ask in advance the more likely I am to be able to find time to help you. In particular, I need a minimum of three weeks' notice to write a recommendation letter.

For when you need help but can't contact me