The curriculum vitae, commonly called a CV or vita, is a scholarly representation of you that details your academic achievements, including publications, awards, and honors. While similar to a resume, the CV is most appropriate if you’re pursuing a PhD-level position, a research opportunity, or admission to graduate school.
PhD in History of Art & Architecture
Boston University, May 2012
BA in Anthropology
University of Virginia, 2007
Heritage and Inheritance: Tomb Genealogies in Medieval France
This paper examines the importance of familial connection and succession as recorded on the tombs of families of ﬁfteenth-century French nobility, particularly those connected with the Capetian dynasty. Dissertation Readers: Professor Marie Leon (chair), Professor Susan Tourel, Professor Joseph Mayer
“The Art of Empire: Early Political Iconography in Europe”
Department of History of Art & Architecture, Boston University, Spring 2012
“Art and Architecture of Medieval England”
Department of History of Art & Architecture, Boston University, Fall 2011
Musée Cluny, Paris, May–September 2011
Fulbright Junior Lecturer in History of Art & Architecture
Trinity College Dublin, Medieval Studies Department, January–May 2010
“Noblesse Oblige: The Right to Rule in 13th Century Europe”
There is no one standard look or order for a CV, but generally it can be treated as a longer resume with your address and contact information at the top, and the different areas you list separated with headings. A vita can be as few as two pages, but can be ten or more. Candidates for academic positions should typically aim for a two-to-four-page CV.
Sections can vary widely and largely depend on the type of position you’re applying for (professor, researcher, etc.) and the field—for example, biochemistry and literature may have different formats.
Like in a standard resume, this section tells the employer who you are and how to reach you. Your name, street address, phone number, and email address should all be included.
This listing should appear in reverse chronological order. Include institution name, degree, specialty or major, and year (or expected date) for all your degrees. You may opt to include your undergraduate GPA.
Include the title, a brief description, and your advisor and committee names. For engineering and science fields, you might choose to describe research more fully in the Experience section and just list the dissertation/thesis title here. It's also possible to include a dissertation abstract—anywhere from two paragraphs to a few pages—in an addendum.
This section can also be expanded to include grants, honors, and awards (but don’t forget to label appropriately, i.e., Fellowships and Honors).
Give the reader a clear understanding of each fellowship, grant, or award, particularly if the honor or award’s significance is not stated in the title or was given in another country.
You can be subdivide this section into several categories, such as Research Experience, Teaching Experience, Consulting, Fieldwork, Postdoctoral Work, etc., depending on your discipline.
List any experience relevant to the position you’re applying for. Start with your most recent activity and move backward.
Include volunteer experience, student teaching, internships, research projects, summer or part-time jobs, and other work experience. If you're writing a CV for a research-intensive position, we recommend listing Research as its own section.
Include the name of the organization, city and state, dates of employment, job title, and a brief description of accomplishments and responsibilities.
Use short descriptive phrases, beginning with action words to highlight your skills and accomplishments.
If you're applying for a professorial or lecture position, this section should list the areas where you have strong specialized knowledge. For researchers, list areas where you have done solid work, published, or co-authored—or areas into which you wish to transition.
You can include your teaching philosophy or research goals in detail in an addendum.
List each of your languages and corresponding levels of proficiency, whether beginner, basic comprehension, intermediate reading and writing, conversant, fluent, or native—or a combination of these.
Museum Studies and Teaching
Anthropology, History, and Literature
Talks and papers you have presented at conferences and other events, with names, dates, and locations (for conferences/ meetings). Indicate invited talks. If you don’t have many presentations, you can combine them with your publications.
List publications in the citation format appropriate for your field. This section can be subdivided into Journal Articles, Book Reviews, Monographs, Art Exhibits, Poems, Musical Performances, etc. If you choose to list works in progress, you should note their status as "submitted for publication."
List all departmental and university groups, committees and task forces, and student groups.
List any coursework relevant to your degree. You can break this area into sub-sections based on the types of courses, i.e., foreign language, literature, science, teaching, research. You have the option of listing the names of your professors, which is especially an asset if you have worked with leaders in the field.
Sections may include those listed below as well as others you find relevant to your academic career.
When in doubt, ask a professor or colleague in your field for best practices and some examples.