Curriculum Vitae (CV)

The purpose of a curriculum vitae (or CV) is to display a full history of your academic credentials (e.g., teaching, research, awards, publications, and related academic or professional affiliations). It will be easier to develop and organize your CV if you make a habit of consistently listing your accomplishments and experiences immediately following their completion during your graduate tenure. The CV is the key document to securing an interview with search committees. Therefore you want your CV to represent your experiences, accomplishments, expertise and special professional qualities in the most positive manner possible. Tailor your CV to highlight how your skills meet the requirements of each job you are applying for.

Make your CV visually appealing and easy to scan by:

  • Keeping the styles, fonts, and abbreviation formatting consistent.
  • Only listing entries once, not in multiple categories.
  • Using short phrases, bullets, action verbs and little punctuation.

Category Guidelines

Your CV should be long enough (2-4+ pages) to thoroughly present all your qualifications in the categories below.

  • Identifying Information:
    Name, address, phone number, email. Text should be no smaller than 11 point. Be sure your name is 1-2 font sizes bigger than the rest, so it stands out. Include your name on each page of you CV. Some people also include a URL with more complete information posted. Leave off date of birth, marital status, number of children or other information that is not job related or does not add to your qualifications.
  • Educational Background:
    List all earned academic degrees beginning with the most recent (exclude high school). Include name of institution, location, dates of completed degrees/certificates. You can also provide a brief description of your dissertation here as well.
  • Teaching Experience:
    List the courses, institutions, and dates where you have taught and also include courses you are prepared to teach. Use 1-3 bulleted phrases to describe the course and your role in teaching it (i.e., formulated, assisted, devised syllabus, lectured, administered grades, etc). If your background would allow you to teach in several fields, you many want to include a list of graduate course taken, as an appendix to your CV. The format and depth of this section will depend on whether you are targeting a teaching college or research institution.
  • Research Experience:
    Include the name and location where the research took place and the advisor or faculty member that led the project. Using 1-3 bulleted phrases describe the research and your role in it.
  • Publications, Invited Papers, Exhibits, etc.:
    This category may be modified to read “Papers and Publications”, “Programs and Workshops” or other titles which reflect production of professional work in your discipline. Include proper bibliographic citations of your articles, monographs, research, chapters in books, etc. If you only have one publication you might want to create a section titled “Publications and Presentations”. The information should be arranged in reverse chronological order and may be divided into subsections. In sciences and engineering disciplines, first authors, number of papers and quality of journals will all be carefully assessed, so clarity of presentation is important.
  • Presentations:
    Describe the talk title, name of conference, dates, and location. It is important to distinguish between those presentations to which you were specifically invited and others. List in reverse chronological order.
  • Awards, Honors, Fellowships and Scholarships:
    List all fellowships, scholarships, grants, teaching or research awards and the name of the related institution and dates. For grants include how much they were worth and for how long.
  • Academic Service:
    List all departmental and university groups, committees, or task forces which you served on. Student groups are valid as well. You should demonstrate that you have exhibited leadership qualities and you will assume certain departmental administrative duties if hired.
  • Memberships of Professional Affiliations:
    List all professional groups and offices held.
  • Skills or Languages:
    List any skills or languages that are particularly important in your field. Note those which you speak and/or read and those which you are fluent in. Example: “Reading and basic speaking competence in French, Spanish and modern Greek. Translation competence in Italian."
  • References:
    These are listed at the end of your CV. List 2-4 references including their name, title, institution, location, telephone and email. See Reference section for suggestions on how to best choose references.

Other commonly used category titles

Academic Training Work Submitted/Work in Progress
Education Committee and Service Work
Professional Studies Leadership and Activities
Thesis/Dissertation Scholarly Presentations
Professional Competencies Workshops/Conventions
Areas of Expertise/Concentration Conference Leadership/Participation
Teaching Experience Fellowships
Administrative Experience Distinctions
Internships Language Competency
Assistantships Departmental Leadership
Publications References
Professional Papers

Sample Curriculum Vitae

Research Emphasis Example
Teaching Emphasis Example
Science Example
Humanities Example
Engineering Example