Curriculum Vitae

While résumés are more common, occasionally you may be asked to submit a Curriculum Vitae (or C.V.). Curricula Vitae emphasize professional qualifications and activities, are traditionally three or more pages and are often used in higher education job searches. It is important to note that many other countries, including the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, Canada and Australia refer to a résumé as a curriculum vitae. If you are asked to provide a C.V. for a job or internship in one of these countries, it is best to send a résumé first.

Follow the Basic Résumé Tips when constructing your C.V. Include personal information just as you would on a résumé.

Additional sections to include:


  • Academic accomplishments
  • Scholarships & Fellowships
  • Honors & Awards
  • Distinctions
  • Professional/Career accomplishments
  • Achievements
  • Professional Recognition


  • Professional memberships
  • Memberships in scholarly societies
  • Committees
  • Committee Leadership
  • Professional association advisory boards
  • Advisory committees
  • National boards


  • Educational background
  • Academic preparation and training
  • Degrees attained
  • Principal teachers
  • Dissertation (title/topic)
  • Master's thesis (title/topic)
  • Course highlights
  • Areas of knowledge, experience and expertise
  • Academic interests
  • Extracurricular activities

International Experience

  • Study abroad
  • International projects
  • Language competencies

Publications/Presentations/Creative Works

  • Conference participation, presentation and leadership
  • Convention addresses
  • Lectures
  • Scholarly presentations
  • Programs and workshops
  • Exhibits and exhibitions
  • Arrangements and scores
  • Performances and recitals
  • Abstracts
  • Scholarly works
  • Books, chapters, professional papers, journal articles, reviews

Professional Experience

  • Professional summary
  • Selected experience
  • Professional development
  • Areas of expertise
  • Proficiencies and skills
  • Professional interests
  • Grants and contracts
  • Patents

Professional Training

  • Internships
  • Graduate fieldwork and practice
  • Specialized training
  • Professional certifications and licensures

Teaching and Research Experience

  • Assistantships
  • Teaching or research interests
  • Academic appointments
  • Teaching overview
  • Research appointments, overview, awards and grants
  • Funded projects
  • Faculty leadership
  • University assignments

Sample Curriculum Vitae (PDF)