A Curriculum Vitae (CV) (rather than a resume) is used for
teaching or research opportunities, applying for admissions, fellowships, or
for further academic training.
Other uses for a CV:
1. a supporting document with a grant or contract funding proposal
2. a requirement for internal review for tenure or promotion
3. a requirement with an application for membership in a
professional society or organization, or
4. a background statement for an introduction at a conference
Generally, there is no single correct format or
style for writing a CV. CV’s are frequently longer than resumes
and thus can be multiple pages long. In a CV, completeness is more
important than brevity.
What should be included in a Curriculum Vitae
As a master's student, undergraduate accomplishments will
likely be an important part of your CV, although they will drop
away as your graduate career develops. Include such items as the
senior thesis, fellowships, and awards.
Careers Prior to Graduate Studies:
List prior employment, especially if you worked as a teacher,
editor, writer, or journalist.
Always include the title, and list the committee members.
Rename the course, even if it is freshman English, to express
your distinctive angle on the subject matter. If space allows,
provide a brief course description. Note that you had full
responsibility for the course, since not all universities give
graduate students the opportunity to teach a class
independently. Always save teaching evaluations and notes from
students to use in the teaching portfolio.
Journal articles pass through many stages before publication.
List your article's status on the CV. Some terms for article
status include "under consideration", "under review," "revise
and resubmit," and "forthcoming."
Make sure you list work done as a research assistant, SITES
intern, AGES chair, panel organizer, etc. If you have creative
publications, list these under a separate heading.
What to emphasize
A CV summarizes educational and academic history. It emphasizes
academic achievements such as:
- teaching experience,
- publications (books, articles, research papers, unpublished
manuscripts, or book chapters), and
- academic honors and awards.
Which experience is included on a CV?
- On a CV it is appropriate to describe both teaching and
research experience in detail. (On a resume this is usually not
- If applying for a position that primarily involves research,
describe research experience first; if the reverse is true, put
teaching experience first.
- Work experience not directly relevant to
research/teaching/academic opportunities should be omitted or
described only briefly.
Highlighting Your Thesis
Including a one- or two- page abstract of your thesis, is
recommended, but optional. If you do provide an abstract, write
(See Abstract Attached) in the Education section of your CV, after
the name of your thesis title.
If you are working on or have recently finished your doctoral
degree, at least include a brief, clear summary of your thesis
topic in the Education section.
What Not to Include
- Omit references to date of birth (age), marital status,
children, health, spouse's work, religious affiliation.
- Do not include as headings, words such as "Personal
Information", "Name", "Address".
- You don’t need to use the heading "Curriculum Vitae" at the
top. It’s understood that it’s a CV.
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