Curriculum Vitae

What is a Curriculum Vitae/CV?

A curriculum vitae or CV is similar to a resume in that it provides an overview of your professional and educational experience. The difference between the two primarily lies in content and purpose. A CV is typically developed for application for teaching or research positions in a university or research setting.


Identifying Information:
Phone #
email address

Most recent or expected education first
Degree, major, institutions and dates of completion
List minors, subfields and honors

Dissertation or Thesis:
Title and brief summary
theoretical framework 
your director and committee(readers) if it adds breath and depth to your research

Awards, Honors, Fellowships, Scholarships:
recognition in your field is very important
membership in honorary society

Professional Experience:
other titles: research experience, consulting, field work, teaching experience, post-doc.
Reverse chronological order

Publications/Invited Papers/Exhibits, etc.
Other titles: Papers and publications, programs and workshops
Reverse chronological order
May be divided into sub-categories or sections
Science and engineering disciplines: first authors, number of papers and quality of

Teaching, Research Interests
List courses and topics you are willing to teach
If willing to teach cross discipline, may wish to list related graduate courses taken in an
Indicate your present and future research area/direction

Academic Services:
List departmental and university committees, task forces you’ve served
Demonstrate leadership ability and willingness to assume dept. administration, if hired

Membership or Professional Affiliations:
List all professional organizations and offices held.

Reference File:
Applicants may wish to state where their file is available
Some disciplines find it useful to list your references.


Chronicle of Higher Ed: type in cv in search
Writing the Curriculum Vitae: Purdue Online Writing Lab Explanation
Graduate Student Resources: University of Pennsylvania Career Services
Science Career Magazine: type in cv in the search for advise/tips
College Art Association: cv standards and guidelines
Writing Your Vita:

Steven C. Hayes and Linda J. Hayes