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What to Include in Your Academic CV/Resumé

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If you want a job in academia, a strong academic CV/resumé is crucial to your success.

This document is your first introduction to the hiring committee, so it is essential to make sure it provides them with a clear and easy-to-follow summary of everything they are looking for.

Most academic hiring committees work within strict pre-determined guidelines. They will have a list of teaching, research, and service characteristics essential to the new role, and a strict ranking system by which to evaluate these categories.  Making your skills, experience, and qualifications easy to identify and rank gives you a much better chance of success.

A strong academic resumé needs to include as many of the following as possible:

  • Personal Information

  • Previous Relevant Experience

  • Classes Taught

  • Professional Affiliations

  • Publications and Presentations

  • Professional Service

  • Awards, Grants, and Other Commendations

  • Teaching Statement, Research Statement, and Service Statement

Personal Information

Your academic resumé should always begin with clear, complete, and accurate personal information.

This should include your name and title, your contact details, any current affiliation and academic position, and any employment conditions (such as needing a visa).

Keep this section of your resumé short and make sure the information is easy to use—hyperlink email addresses, for example, and include the area/country code with your phone number.

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Previous Relevant Experience

Rather than listing every job you have ever held, try to limit this section to experience relevant to the position you are applying for.

This should definitely include any teaching and research experience you have, including both paid and voluntary or trainee experience.

It might also include relevant professional experience—for example, if you are applying to teach criminal justice, experience serving as a law enforcement officer is highly relevant and should be listed.

Classes Taught

Most academic institutions are also teaching institutions and will therefore want to know that you can teach as well as research in your field.

Help the hiring committee determine where you might fit into the current teaching schedule by providing a sample list of classes you have taught in the past.

If you haven’t yet taught any classes, it’s time to start gathering this experience. In the meantime, consider listing classes you would be interested in teaching instead, taken directly from the institution’s course catalogue.

Professional Affiliations

Being a member of a professional affiliation in your field always looks good.

It indicates that you keep up-to-date with developments, hold yourself accountable to professional standards, and are engaged in a professional network of other researchers.

Be sure to list all memberships to professional organizations in your academic resumé, as well as any offices you hold within those organizations.

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Publications and Presentations

Publications and presentations are your proof to the hiring committee that you are an active researcher in your field.

Try to list a good mix of local, national, and international presentations; similarly, aim for a good mix of peer-reviewed articles, books, edited collections, and book chapters, and review pieces. Popular or textbook/teaching publications can also be included if they are relevant to your field.

Aim to demonstrate at least one publication and one presentation per year where possible—more is always better. To find out the types of research product and the level of research expected at the institution you are applying for, check the profiles of other department members at the same level on the institution’s faculty page.

Professional Service

As well as knowing you’ll be there for your students and active in your field, most institutions also want to know that you are competent and willing to help with the non-academic work that keeps a higher ed institution ticking over.

From committee work to help with open days and student organizations, the more service experience you list, the better.

Be specific about the type of service, the dates you served, and the level or position you held (i.e., were you a committee chair or just a member?).

Awards, Grants, and Other Commendations

If you can bring fame or money to your new academic employer, you will find yourself drifting to the top of the candidate list.

It is therefore worth listing any awards you have won or grants and funding you have been awarded that are relevant to your field.

Again, be specific: list the title, the awarding body, and the date you received the award or grant.

Teaching Statement, Research Statement, and Service Statement

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Lists are not really enough to help an academic hiring committee get a feel for how you will fit within their department.

Do your values and priorities align with theirs? Can you fill a much-needed gap in their department’s teaching profile? Is your research travelling in a direction that aligns well with other faculty?

Your personal statement is your opportunity to anticipate these types of questions and show how you are the perfect match. Divide your statement into three sections: teaching, research, and service. Try to emphasize key strengths and avoid simply repeating the information from the rest of the resumé.

Knowing the information to include in an academic resumé will help you get off to a great start in your academic job hunt. However, a great resumé naturally depends on the extent of your experience and preparedness for an academic career. Need help knowing how to transition from graduate degree to academic position? Sign up for a free consultation session to find out how an academic coach can help.