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Writing A CV

Curriculum Vitae Writing Recommendations

Purpose of Curriculum Vitae:

          ·  Seeking position in academia (including teaching assistantships, internships,
           instructorships, and professorships) or graduate program acceptance
           (MA, PhD, JD, etc.).
·  Offers overview of accomplishments relevant to teaching and research 
   positions and fellowship, internship, and grant applications.


·  Use the same, traditional font style (Arial, Times New Roman, etc.)   
    throughout resume.
·  Font size should range from size 12 to 10. Smaller than 10 point will appear
    small and difficult to read.
·  Format text (bold, italic, caps, size) consistently across categories.
·  Include last name and page number at top right of page, starting on second
·  Omit personal information such as age, marital status, number of children,
    ethnicity, etc.
·  Be concise - do not describe positions or experiences.
·  Do not use bullets.
·  Use reverse chronological order for dates within each section.
·  Repeat information if applicable in multiple categories.
·  3-20+ pages.
·  Header:
o   Include full name and Curriculum Vitae centered at top.
o   Include work address (or address of most recent school attended)
      and home mailing addresses, phone number, and one email


· Order of categories:
o Arrange in order of relevance to position
o Typically begin with “Education” or “Academic Employment”
· Education:
o Degrees and Dates: list the degree, the date received or expected, and the institution
§ If master’s degree in progress, include (candidate) next to
   expected completion date
§ If doctoral degree in progress and complete other than
   dissertation, include (ABD) next to expected completion
o Thesis and/or Dissertation:
§ Include title of project and name of chair or director
o Comprehensive Exams:
§ List title and provide the status (proposed, scheduled,
o Honors:
§ Only include if listed on transcript
§ Do not include GPA or other test scores
o Professional Licenses/Certifications:
§ Can be included here or in separate category if relevant to
· Academic Employment of Academic Appointments:
o Provide title, institution and dates
o Include teaching s, internships, or other positions held
     at academic institution
· Teaching and Research Areas (Areas of Interest)
o Include this category if applying for professorship or research
     position to demonstrate a focus and breadth of knowledge
o Topical list of subjects you are/can/would like to teach or research
o Use discipline-specific language
o List 5-6 interests
· Publications or Scholarship:
o Divide into subcategories such as reviews, books, articles, in-house
     publications (handouts, worksheets, rubrics), manuscripts
o Specify
o Can include dissertation
· Conference Presentations:
o Cite using same style as publications
o Include month and year of conference
o Can include subcategories (i.e. in-house for presentations done at
      your university’s conference)
o Can include future presentations that have been accepted
· Courses Taught:
o Can be categorized by university, by date/semester or by course
o If new, quantify and include as much detail as possible (course
     name and number, number of sections)
· Leadership:
o Include dates, role/position and name of organization
o Avoid most social or personal committees
· University Service:
o List years, name of committee/group and position
· Grants:
o Include year, name of grant received, organization grant issued
     from and amount of grant
o May include grants under consideration
· Professional Development Workshops & Trainings:
o Demonstrates continual learning
o Include specific title of workshop
o Can include in a table to show skills gained at workshop
· Honors/Awards/Fellowships:
o Only include as far back as undergraduate honors
o List dates, name of award and organization granting award
· Professional Memberships:
o Only put current memberships that are most relevant and
· References:
o List 3-5 references
o Include full name, position, organization, email and phone contact information
o Place in level of importance to you
· Dossier Available:
o Upon request or provide information to access dossier on file
· Other common categories:
o Clinical experience (experience directly related to position)
o Professional employment (relevant jobs outside academia that
      demonstrate qualities related to position of interest)
o Guest Lecturer (i.e., invited to do a lecture in a class)
o Administration or management
o Volunteer Activities (do not list as “community service”)
o Technical Skills



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