What is a Curriculum Vita?
A curriculum vita (CV) is a
unique version of a resume traditionally used when applying for
faculty/administration positions in academia. However, there are other uses for
a curriculum vita such as: tenure reviews, grant applications, public speaking
engagements, fellowship opportunities, publishing, etc.
Similar to a resume, your CV
needs to be an accurate reflection of your unique educational and professional
experiences, skills, and abilities. Therefore, if you are creating a curriculum
vita for the first time it is important to review your educational and
professional background to accurately identify your strongest qualifications
and experiences for inclusion into the document. If you already written a
curriculum vita it is strongly suggested that you review and revise your vitae
What is the difference between a CV and a resume?
generally used when applying for positions in academia or related to teaching.
Resumes are used more for a traditional job search. The focus of a CV is
complete coverage of your academic career, while resumes serve to summarize
your experiences in a shorter document.
Major headings commonly found on a CV:
- IDENTITFYING INFORMATION (Name, contact information and address
- EDUCATION: Listing academic degrees with the in-progress or most recent first.
- EXPERIENCE: Listing of professional jobs with the one in progress or most recent first.
- PUBLICATIONS : Bibliographical citations of articles, pamphlets, books, research reports, etc., that you have authored or coauthored.
- PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS: Description of paper title, name of conference, dates and location, category or presentation.
- TEACHING : Include courses taught, course developed, and programs developed.
- PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: Any organization of which you are a member.
- LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: And position that you held in associations, memberships on committees, task forces, boards, elected offices, etc.
- HONORS AND AWARDS: Membership in honorary societies, scholarships, fellowships, etc.
- PROJECTS: Description of research projects recently completed or in progress
- RESEARCH AREAS/INTERESTS: Any research projects, grants and research awards received.
- FUNDED PROJECTS: Grants and/ or contracts, title, amount and funding source
Create a vitae that is visually attractive which will grab the reader's attention. Be sure that the vitae is well organized and easy to read.
Balance information on the pages so that the total effect is pleasing to the eye. If possible focus your strongest assets around the optical center of the page, about 1/3 of the way from the top.
Organize the first page so it highlights your greatest strengths when matched with the specified requirements for the position.
Information placed at the top-half of the page will stand out more than at the bottom-half.
Allow sufficient margins, at least one inch on all four sides.
Use a traditional font style (Arial, Times New Roman, etc.). Font size should range from size 12 to 10. Smaller than 10 point will appear small and are difficult to read.
Omit personal information such as age, marital status, number of children, ethnicity, etc.
Source: Finding a Job
in Your Field: A Handbook for Ph.D.’s and M.A.’s. R. Anthony & G. Roe.
Princeton, NJ: Peterson’s Guides, 1984.