Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A curriculum vitae is also referred to as: vita, C.V., or detailed resume. A vitae is a summary of your educational and professional experience and is submitted as part of the academic job application process.  A vitae is used by search committees as an initial screening device to see if the applicant possesses the qualifications necessary for the available position. The vitae, therefore, should reflect the position for which you are applying.

A vitae sometimes differs from a resume in name only. A vitae is most commonly used to apply for positions in higher education. However, a resume is more often used in business settings and tends to be brief and more skills/accomplishments oriented.

What to Include in a Curriculum Vitae

Name, phone number and e-mail address:

  • State these items at the top of the first page. Include your work phone number in addition to your home number if you want to be reached during business hours.
  • State your name and page number on subsequent pages at the top left corner in case the pages come apart.
  • Some vitae begin with the title Curriculum Vitae - this is unnecessary.


  • List your educational experiences in reverse chronological order with the highest degree earned, or anticipated, first.
  • State the institution, degree and year received, major and area of specialization (if applicable). Either the institution or the degree can be listed first, depending on which you want to emphasize.
  • Doctoral degree holders should list under their degree the title of their dissertation and their chairperson. A short (2 or 3 line) summary of the research can also be included. Master's students should list their thesis.
  • Do not list grammar school or high school.
  • Grade point averages are optional. You may also say that you graduated with distinction or cum laude, etc.
  • Additional coursework or private study (particularly for Fine Arts people) can be included in the Education section after your formal studies have been listed.
  • You may list qualifying, comprehensive or preliminary examinations passed (optional).
  • Do not list all your graduate courses. This should be in your credentials and/or transcript.


  • By listing your dissertation in a category separate from Education, you are calling attention to it. This may be desirable if your topic is of special interest to the types of academic institutions to whom you are applying.

Honors/ Awards:

  • List academic and professional awards you have received.
  • Honors and awards can be listed within the Education or Professional Activities section when appropriate. This might be done if one had only a few awards and did not want a separate section of Honors/ Awards.

Military Experience:

  • Optional

Professional Employment:

  • List full or part-time related experiences in reverse chronological order.
  • Provide title of the position, place, and date of employment and a brief description of duties.
  • Indicate any unique responsibilities you may have had such as "designed the course", "selected texts", or "team-taught".
  • Do not over-emphasize routine tasks such as grading papers, constructing tests, etc.; Emphasize your accomplishments.
  • Teaching assistantships, internships, practicums, and field experiences may be included.
  • Do not include summer or part-time jobs unless professionally relevant.
  • Professional employment can be sub-divided into appropriate categories if you have had a variety of professional experiences. Typical sub-headings could be: Teaching, Research, Administration, or Consulting.

Performance or Exhibit Experience: (For Fine Arts Majors)

  • This category allows you to highlight your performance and exhibit experiences.
  • List both professional and non-professional activities which may include: dances performed and/or choreographed, plays acted in or directed, one person shows, MFA exhibits, symphonies, performances, student and faculty recitals, etc.

Teaching Interests and/or Research Interests:

  • This section allows you to demonstrate a range of teaching/research interests.
  • Helpful especially if your education and experience do no necessarily indicate all of your interests.
  • Present a balance of interests-courses you will be required to teach and special interest areas.

 Publications: (Can be placed before Professional Experience for more emphasis)

  • Include completed publications or those in press, cited in full, in the form customary in your field.
  • Do not include under the publications category: Unpublished dissertations, addresses, conference papers, works in progress or projected work.
  • The following categories may be used as alternatives for these: Publications and Professional Activities, Proposed Research, Research Interests, Publications and Presentations, Professional Activities.

Professional Activities: (Related titles might be: Professional Memberships, Academic Service, etc.)

  • List activities which contribute to your professional credentials such as professional association memberships, conference presentations, committee memberships/activities, etc.
  • If you have extensive community service activities, (i.e. Rotary, NOW, youth counselor, Red Cross volunteer, etc.) you should have a separate category called Community Service.
  • This is particularly helpful if applying for community college positions.


  • Indicate the languages in which you are fluent.
  • You may qualify the level of fluency (i.e. Italian-excellent speaking, fair reading and writing).

References: (Use one of the following options)

  1. Available upon request
  2. List the names of your references, title, and their department and university.
  3. List the names, titles, complete addresses and phone numbers of your references.

Option "A" is best for the candidate who desires a great deal of control over the use of his/her references. (i.e. Helpful when using different references for different types of positions).

Ordering of Category Headings:

The ordering of category headings will differ depending on the type of position you are applying for. In general, the curriculum vitae should read most relevant to least relevant. For example, if you are applying for a position requiring more research responsibilities, research related information should appear towards the beginning of your curriculum vitae.