Step 4: Build your Curriculum Vitae

General Format:

Academic CVs follow a fairly standard format, which can be anywhere from 2 to 15 pages long. A CV should list all experience relevant to an academic position. Keep fonts coherent.


Common sections in the CV:

Education, Research Experience, Teaching Experience, Mentoring Experience, Grants & Awards, Honors, Publications, Trainings, University Service/Professional Involvement, Memberships. (The titles to these sections can vary)


Different versions of your CV:

Because the first few pages of a CV are "prime real-estate," the order of these sections will vary depending on the research- and teaching-focus of the position:

  • For a highly research-focused position: Research Experience, Grant & Fellowships, Publications sections may immediately follow the Education section.
  • For a teaching position: Teaching Experience, Mentoring Experience, University Service/Professional Involvement sections may immediately follow the Education section.

Therefore, if you are considering applying to a range of positions (from teaching-focused to research-focused), you will need to keep several versions of your CV.


Additional resources:


For more information:  Attend a workshop

We have workshops to help with your CV for R1 institutions as well as Research/Teaching (RT) institutions such as primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs), liberal arts colleges, and master's granting institutions.


Step 5: Develop your research, teaching, and diversity statements