How to write a curriculum vitae

How to write a curriculum vitae

The curriculum vitae, or CV, is the academic equivalent to a resume. It is a record of achievement and a representation of a professors professional past and aspirations. It is important for a CV to be complete and accurate. Many institutions will use their employees’ CVs as evaluating tools. Sometimes it is a good idea to have a master copy of your CV or resume that includes everything. Then when you use your CV, you can edit out the extraneous experience as needed.

Here are the basic elements of a CV and some advice on how to present employment information. Following is also an example.

Basic Personal Information

Your CV should contain your name, address, phone number, fax, and email address. Usually this information is centered at the top of the page. Its also a good idea to put your last name next to the page number on subsequent pages in case the document becomes separated.

Some people include a personal history after this area including marital status and number of children, etc. This is a personal choice as to whether you would like to include that sort of information. Personal hobbies do not belong on your CV.


Education comes next, starting with the most recent degree. Many will include the title of their thesis and sometimes the name of their advisor. Putting the dates of your degree in the margin may make your CV more straightforward and easy to read. You may include awards such as graduating cum laude in this section as well. After the education section include any special certification you might have.

Awards and Grants

Include any awards or grants you have received in your career thus far. Some people include grants applied for as well. It depends how many you have if you want to include unfounded projects. Consider to whom you are sending your CV and if they are interested in you grant-writing capabilities.

Experience and Publications

The next section can be either professional experience or publications. It has been done both ways. Again the best thing to consider is who will be reading your CV and what they are looking for. If you think your experience is your best strength, then put that first.

If you have many publications, then you should divide it into sections based on journal articles, conference proceedings, and other sections such as reports or presentations. If you dont have so many, then its fine to include them under one heading. Its fine to be inclusive for your master copy. However, think about each CV or resume you send out and who will be reading it. You do not want to put in irrelevant activities that may appear as if you are padding your CV. You may also include a work in progress section detailing manuscripts pending publication.

Your experience can be more descriptive in a CV than you would need for a resume. You can also divide it up into different kinds of experience as the following example shows. Do list your duties in each job and dont shortchange your importance in each position you held.

Professional Memberships

Dont forget to include your professional memberships and dates you became a member.


It is customary to include three to five references at the end of your CV. Choose your references carefully and do obtain their permission before including their information on your CV.

Susie Fullbright

101 Scholarship Lane

Collegetown, DE

Home (302) 733-4444

Office (302) 744-5555

Fax (302) 755-2222

Education and Training

Doctor of Philosophy, Internet Education

Home State University, University Park, DE 1999

Dissertation: How to Work and Get Paid

Dissertation Advisor: Constance Masters

Master of Science, World Wide Web Education

Our State University, University Park, CA


Thesis: Working for a Living

Thesis Advisor: Joan Smith

Bachelor of Science, Educational Science and

University of Delaware, Newark, DE


Licensure and Certification

Delaware Teaching Certification



Best Student Award


Grant for Research


Publications, Reports and Conference Presentations

Fullbright, S.M. (1999). Adolescent perceptions of rights and responsibilities related to tobacco use and secondhand smoke. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University.

Smith, R., Kalaygian, B.A., Kalaygian, E., & Masters, S.C. (Fullbright). (1996, March). Cigarette use among 7th, 9th, and 12th graders in 1995: A six-county study. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence meeting, California.

Masters, S.C. (Fullbright). (1995). Cooperative extension agents perceptions of community coalitions and their use in extension programs. Unpublished masters thesis, The Pennsylvania State University.

Work in Progress

Fullbright, S.M. and Masters, C.A. Private rights/ public harm: Teen views of laws regulating smoking and their own smoking behaviors. Unpublished manuscript.

Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Education,

1997 – 1998

The State University, University Park, PA

Project title: Understanding social justice, and the social contract in diverse communities. Project was funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. This basic research project focused on the correlates (family, peer, school) of inter-group relations and beliefs about justice among adolescents from different socio-economic and racial/ ethnic backgrounds. I collected data,

developed coding schemes, coded and ran inter-coder reliability of open-ended data.

Graduate Assistant

Department of Extension Education,

1993 – 1996

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Project title: Community Coalitions for Tobacco-Free Youth.

Project was funded by Fox Chase Cancer Center and Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension. The Community Coalitions for Tobacco-Free Youth project worked in 23 counties to establish

self-sustaining and self-supporting community-based coalitions to address tobacco control issues. The activities of these coalitions included community action, school-based activities, raising public awareness,

media advocacy, and public policy advocacy. My duties included design and implementation of agent training, researching and providing

technical information on coalition building and tobacco control.

Research Biologist

Affinity Biotech, Boothwyn, PA

1992 – 1993

Managed animal research aspect of company projects. Trained and supervised animal technicians. Designed and carried out experiments in drug delivery research. Performed data management.

Animal Technician

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

1987 – 1988

Performed experiments measuring the effects of pheromones on the reproductive cycle of microtus (voles). Performed surgical procedures, specimen collection, and data measurement.

Teaching Experience

Agriculture Teacher

Maryland High School, Greenland, IA

1996 – 1997

Taught Landscaping and Fundamentals in Agriscience.

Independent Study Project Coordinator

The Virginia Governors School for the Agricultural Sciences,


Virginia State University, University Park, VA

Developed and taught an advanced high school level course on writing a scientific paper. Developed portfolio guide and supervised scholar

portfolio development.

Agricultural Teacher Trainer

United States Peace Corps, Ghana, West Africa

1990 – 1992

Introduced practical techniques of teaching agriculture to secondary school teachers. Evaluated lesson plans, organized in-service

meetings, and inspected school facilities. Coordinated agricultural education program supervising ten other agricultural education

volunteers in Togo.

Teaching Assistant

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

1986 – 1987

Developed laboratory section of Biological Science class. Supervised and trained other lab assistants. Taught advanced students.

Professional Memberships

Gamma Sigma Delta

American Association of Agricultural Education


Constance A. Masters

Associate Professor of Administration

The Delaware State University

336 Educational Administration Building

University Park, Delaware 19804

Office (123) 222-2223


(123) 233-2233

Jon S. Smith

Professor of Rural Sociology

The Texas State University

317 Educational Administration Building

University Park, Florida 22342

Office (123) 863-4444


(123) 863-4433

Daisy Kalaygian

Professor of Education

617 Right Drive

State College, MD 16803

Home (123) 234-3333

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