Curricula Vitae

A CV is used primarily when applying for academic and research positions, plus fellowships and grants.  A CV can include your academic background, as well as, teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations, among others.


Header & Footer

  • Include your name, address, phone number, and email address. If you plan to move while the CV is in use, include your current address and permanent address.
  • Number each page and include your name


  • Include your PhD, institution, date expected, major or area of specialization, outside fields
  • MA or MS, institution, date of degree, major and minor
  • BA or BS, institution, date of degree, major and minor


  • State the title and dissertation director
  • Include a four- or five-sentence abstract or summary addressing both the content and methodology.

Honors and awards

  • Special distinctions associated with passing the MA and PhD exams
  • Fellowships, scholarship, grants-in-aid, etc.
  • Honorary awards received including those received at the bachelor's level (avoid irrelevant non-academic awards)

Teaching experience

  • Position and institution
  • Descriptive titles of courses taught; include URLs to conference presentations available online
  • Extent of experience (number of sections and quarters, semesters or years)
  • Teaching interests

Research experience

  • Position, location, dates
  • Brief description of work conducted as it relates to the desired position
  • Research interests

Other work experience

  • Include research, consultation, and other experiences relevant to the type of position


  • List all publications you are willing to show to a search committee; include URLs to papers accessible online
  • Include work in progress or submitted but not yet accepted

Other possible headings

  • Conference papers/research reports
  • Academic service (committee work)
  • Professional memberships (attendance at conferences/meetings can be noted)
  • Language skills - describe skill level ("reading knowledge," or "fluent speaking ability")
  • Miscellaneous categories when relevant to teaching/research


For undergraduate and more CV samples, download the Career Communication Guide (WiSDoM)Career Communication Guide.