Academic Curriculum Vitae (CV) Examples
A curriculum vitae (or “CV”) written for academia should highlight research and teaching experience, publications, grants and fellowships, professional associations and licenses, awards, and any other details in your experience that make you the best candidate for a faculty or research position advertised by a college or university.
What to Include in Your CV
It's important to take it a step further and tailor your curriculum vitae so it stands out from the crowd and so the content reflects your audience - the organization and the department that you want to work for.
The job description and your own research of the department you are applying to will tell you the primary qualifications and, especially, the work capabilities the hiring committee is seeking in its new member.
Has this department traditionally valued publication over teaching when it makes tenure and promotion decisions? If so, then you should describe your publications before listing your professional / teaching experience. If, however, you are applying to a community college that prides itself on the quality of its instruction, your teaching accomplishments should have pride of place. In this case, the experience section (in reverse chronological order) should proceed your publications section.
The following curriculum vitae format will give you an example of what to include in your academic CV and shows the appropriate format for a curriculum vitae. Also see below for an example of a curriculum vitae written for academia.
Academic Curriculum Vitae Format
City, State, Zip
SUMMARY STATEMENT (Optional)
Include a brief list of the highlights of your candidacy.
List your academic background, including undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
Graduate Institution, City, State
Date of Graduation
Graduate Institution, City, State
Date of Graduation
Undergraduate Institution, City, State
Date of Graduation
List in chronological order, include position details and dates.
List your postdoctoral experiences, if applicable.
List internships and fellowships, including organization, title and dates.
LICENSES / CERTIFICATION
List type of license, certification or accreditation and date received.
PUBLICATIONS / BOOKS
SKILLS / INTERESTS
Academic Curriculum Vitae Example
Street, City, State, Zip
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Minnesota, 20XX
Concentrations: Psychology, Community Psychology
Dissertation: A Study of Learning Disabled Children in a Low-Income Community
Disseration Advisors: Susan Hanford, Ph.D., Bill Andersen, Ph.D., Melissa Chambers, MSW
M.A., Psychology, University at Albany, 20XX
Concentrations: Psychology, Special Education
Thesis: Communication Skills of Learning Disabled Children
Thesis Advisor: Jennifer Atkins, Ph.D.
B.A, Psychology, California State University, Long Beach, CA, 20XX
Instructor, 20XX – 20XX
University of Minnesota
Course: Psychology in the Classroom
Teaching Assistant, 20XX – 20XX
University at Albany
Courses: Special Education, Learning Disabilities, Introduction to Psychology
- Extensive knowledge of SPSSX and SAS statistical programs.
- Smith, John (20XX). “The Behavior of Learning Disabled Adolescents in the Classroom.” Paper presented at the Psychology Conference at the University of Minnesota.
- Smith, John (20XX). “Tailoring Assignments within Inclusive Classrooms.” Paper presented at Brown Bag Series, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota.
- Smith, John (20XX). “The Behavior of Learning Disabled Adolescents in the Classroom. Journal of Educational Psychology, volume 81, 120-125.
Grants and Fellowships:
- RDB Grant (University of Minnesota Research Grant, 20XX)
- Workshop Grant (for ASPA meeting in New York, 20XX)
- Nelson G. Stevens Fellowship, 20XX
Awards and Honors:
- Treldar Scholar, 20XX
- Teaching Fellow of the Year, 20XX
- Academic Excellence Award, 20XX
Skills and Qualifications:
- Microsoft Office, Internet
- Programming ability in C++ and PHP
- Fluent in German, French and Spanish
Why, when and how to use a Curriculum Vitae, plus how to write a CV.
As a general rule, it takes more time and effort to create a curriculum vitae for academia that it does a resume for other professions. The formats of CVs will differ depending upon one’s field of study and whether one is writing an international, academic, or general curriculum vitae (see examples of these various formats and additional templates here).
Are you still uncertain about whether a curriculum vitae or a resume would be more appropriate to submit to an employer? Here is the difference between CVs and resumes, as well as more information about how to write a curriculum vitae.
Depending on the type of job, you will need to create a Curriculum Vitae (CV) or a resume. Both documents put your qualification in writing, but they are used for different audiences and use a different format.
When to use a Resume
In the United States, most employers use resumes for non-academic positions, which are one or two page summaries of your experience, education, and skills. Employers rarely spend more than a few minutes reviewing a resume and successful resumes are concise with enough white space on the page to make it easy to scan.
For more information on developing your resume, please visit Optimal Resume and Cornell Career Services Career Guide. Students often find it helpful to review resumes from graduate students who got their first job outside of academe. To see example resumes, visit the PhD Career Finder in Versatile PhD.
When to use a Curriculum Vitae (CV)
A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a longer synopsis of your educational and academic background as well as teaching and research experience, publications, awards, presentations, honors, and additional details. CV’s are used when applying for academic, scientific, or research positions. International employers often use CVs as well.
A curriculum vita (CV) is a comprehensive statement emphasizing:
- professional qualifications
- special qualifications
A CV can vary from two pages to several pages. Professionals seeking academic positions and non-academic positions in science, higher education, research, and health care typically use a CV. It is also used to seek a fellowship or grant and is expected for some positions overseas. Consult with faculty members in your field to determine what is expected and appropriate for your field.
Guidelines for Preparing a CV
- The order of topics in a CV format is flexible.
- Arrange sections to highlight strengths for the position you are seeking.
- Elaborate on accomplishments and skills within categories.
- List items within each category chronologically, the most recent appearing first.
- Include additional headings when appropriate to reflect certifications/licensures, workshops/training, languages, book reviews, etc.
- Present information in an easily accessible and attractive style.
- Faculty advisors are the most knowledgeable resource for determining what constitutes effective content in your discipline.
- For formatting assistance and to see more examples of CVs, visit the Cornell Career Services Library in 103 Barnes Hall. The following books also may help: How to Prepare Your Curriculum Vitae and The CurriculumVitae Handbook.
Samples of CVs
Sample CV Format for Postdoc (from Christine Holmes)
More Sample CVs:
Electronic Version of CV
When sending electronic versions, attach a file or cut and paste the CV into the text of the email message. State your objectives and career interests in the first few lines since they may be the only items seen on a screen. Other tips:
- Use language and acronyms recognized in your field.
- Avoid using bold, italics, underlining, lines, or graphics. Use all caps for emphasis.
- Put your name at the top followed by address and each phone number on a separate line.
Many employers use websites for applicants to apply for positions. Although each form may be different, some elements may be similar. Save parts of your CV in a format that can be cut and pasted for each individual web-based form, such as saving a bulleted list of work experience.
Transforming Your CV into a Resume
You may need both a CV and a resume for your job search. Sending the appropriate document (CV or resume) tells employers that you can distinguish the differences between the academic and non-academic environments and that you can adapt your skills to either environment. Most employers in industry prefer a resume. When rearranging your CV to make it a resume:
- Do not exceed two pages.
- Re-evaluate your experience. Think creatively about how your academic experience can be translated into the necessary skills for a non-academic environment. Consider skills of project management, leadership, teamwork, effective communication, and meeting deadlines.
- Choose action verbs to describe your experience.
- Put your strengths first. List your professional experience or your degree first, depending on which is most important for a specific position.
- Include a well-written job objective; state the type of position and work setting you are seeking, skills or abilities you possess, and long-term goals. Be sure that your resume supports your job objective.
- Emphasize skills and accomplishments.
- List relevant presentations, publications, and papers, but not all.
- Have someone proofread it.