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Anatomy of a CV

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.

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Ingrid Anjou

247 Cloisters Ave., Boston, MA 02216 | (614) 555-2314 |


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


  • BU Humanities Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Fulbright Junior Lectureship, 2010
  • Mellon-Watts Art History Fellowship, 2009-2010

Professional Experience

Teaching Assistant

“The Art of Empire: Early Political Iconography in Europe”
Department of History of Art & Architecture, Boston University, Spring 2012

Course Reader

“Art and Architecture of Medieval England”
Department of History of Art & Architecture, Boston University, Fall 2011

Curatorial Assistant

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”

Teaching Interests

  • Medieval genealogy and succession
  • Early European history
  • Political iconography in medieval art
  • Guilds in the middle ages


  • Fluent in French
  • Advanced reading comprehension of Medieval French
  • Advanced reading comprehension of Old English
  • Fluent in Spanish

Format + Appearance

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.

Header/Contact Info

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.

Dissertation or Thesis

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.

Related Professional Experience

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.

Papers and Lectures

  • Genealogical Structures in Medieval Art
  • Blood and Stone: Carolingian Succession and Iconography
  • "Symbolic Workmanship: The Role of Guilds in Political and National Iconography"


  • Co-Author: THe Lofty and the Low: Medieval Stone Carving in Southern France.
    New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2012
  • "Merovingian Idols" in Les tombes anciens exhibition catalog
    Paris: Musee Cluny, 2011

Academic Service

  • Graduate Admissions Committee, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Boston University, 2011-2012

Graduate Coursework

Museum Studies and Teaching

  • Practicum in Museum Studies —Melanie Hall
  • The Object and the Museum: Acquisitions, Collections Care, and Educational Policies—Melanie Hall
  • Teaching College Art History I—Dr. Jonathan Ribner
  • International Heritage Management—Dr. Christina Luke

Art History

  • Early Medieval and Romanesque Art and Architecture—Dr. Deborah Kahn
  • Europe and the Islamic World: Medieval
    and Early-Modern Cultural Exchange—Dr. Emine Fetvaci
  • Gothic Art—Dr. Deborah Kahn
  • Northern Renaissance Painting—Dr. Susan Donahue Kuretsky
  • Alliance of Art and Power in the Baroque—Dr. Michael Zell
  • Baroque Art in Northern Europe—Dr. Michael Zell
  • Early Renaissance—Dr. Jodi Cranston
  • Roman Art and Architecture—Dr. Fred S Kleiner

Anthropology, History, and Literature

  • Cultural Anthropology of Europe—Dr. Kimberly Arkin
  • Medieval French Literature—Melanie Hall
  • Old English—Dr. Jonathan Ribner
  • History of the Atlantic World—Dr. Christina Luke


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.

Publications, Creative Work

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."

Academic Service

List all departmental and university groups, committees and task forces, and student groups.

Graduate Coursework

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.

Additional Sections

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.

  • Special training—Can include certifications, specialized post-graduate courses, or technical training.
  • Professional affiliations and memberships—Mention any officer roles in an organization here.
  • Relevant interests/activities—This can include hobbies and informal clubs.
  • Travel—Study abroad experiences, research trips, and teaching overseas. List cities, states or regions, and countries. Describe the value and purpose of the experience in a few words.
  • References—You can choose to list references within the vita, or in a separate document. Make sure the individuals you list are willing to be contacted and recommend you strongly. You may also wait for the prospective employer to request references.