Compiling an Academic Curriculum Vitae
The academic version of a resume is called a curriculum vitae (CV for short). When applying for a college teaching job, a scholarly research position, fellowship, or grant (and sometimes a place on the program of a scholarly conference), you should submit your CV along with the other required materials. If you are applying for a position in academic administration, high school teaching, or an institution like a museum, historical society, or library, you would supply a business-type resume that contains several features of the academic CV. The following will, however, concentrate on what to include in an academic CV.
When composing a CV, you want to follow the standard organization expected of this form, but you also want to put your best foot forward. After the first three sections, you may want to rearrange the order of sections, combine some, or leave out others to suit your needs or to show off your particular accomplishments or skills to best advantage. Remember that the aim is to provide the fullest possible picture of your qualifications and to show how those qualifications are related to what you want or are applying to do.
You also want to tailor your CV to suit the position you may be applying for. If you are seeking an adjunct position at a local college, you want to stress your teaching skills and experience; if you are applying for a full-time job at a university that has a graduate program, you want to stress your research skills and experience; if you are applying for a grant to do research abroad, further elaboration of your language skills is appropriate. Length is also an issue here. ABDs and recent PhDs should have CVs of at least two pages but probably not more than three pages unless your publication and scholarly presentation record warrants it. Be concise: those reading your CV will be readings many (even hundreds) of others, and will value crispness even more than usual.
The appearance of a CV is also very important; you need to carefully consider such factors as organization, spacing, formatting, typeface, and quality of paper. It is best to experiment with several different versions to see which one is most effective; asking the advice of fellow students and especially teachers with experience on hiring or granting committees is a good idea. Note also the changes that have occurred in CVs over the last few years; age and marital status, for example, are no longer included on CVs, and very few include their hobbies or non-academic interests.
The following lists the main divisions employed for most curriculum vitae. For ideas about formatting, see the examples in the Professional Skills binder in Dealy 615 or search online for examples.
A few reminders about style and form. Note that academic years are usually denoted as 1991/92; 1991-92 would indicate any number of months in these two years. Do not be afraid to use capitalization, small caps, or bold formatting in the headings of different sections, but do not get too carried away with fancy fonts since they are hard to read. And remember that the basic aim of the academic CV is to get across as quickly and precisely as possible your qualifications in a serious manner. Here are the types of sections/headings found in most CVs.