Professor Resume Examples of 2022

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If you’re looking for a professor job, you may be expected to submit a type of resume called a curriculum vitae (CV). The CV is an often lengthy job search document with a more understated style than the resume. It’s less focused on a hard-hitting summary and achievements and more on letting your various credentials and degrees speak for themselves.

Much of the information on CVs is similar to that on resumes, such as work history and education. For jobs in academia, they can also include sections such as:

  • •   Board Memberships
  • •   Fellowships
  • •   Grants
  • •   Internships
  • •   Presentations
  • •   Publications
  • •   Research Interests

 

Below you’ll find examples of good CVs and advice for applying for professor positions. (Also, see our Resume vs. Curriculum Vitae (CV) article for additional general guidance on CVs and a sample template showing how you can structure your different sections and information.)

Downloadable Resume Examples

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Professor Text-Only CV Examples

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Raymond Ortiz
123 Bedford Avenue, Syracuse, NY 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Film Studies Educator with three years of experience. Develop and deliver a rigorous curriculum while sparking students’ interest in complex film topics and concepts.

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Professor – Film Studies, University of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY | August 2019 to Present

  • Deliver lectures about films by prominent 20th Century directors, including Alfred Hitchcock and Francis Ford Coppola
  • Engage classes of up to 30 in discussions of film topics such as mise-en-scène, postmodernism, use of music, and contemporary critical analysis
  • Broaden students’ understanding of the evolution of 20th Century American and international film, challenging preconceived notions of significant works
  • Refer students to additional research resources as appropriate
  • Maintain frequent open-office hours to help students address schedule challenges and focus their research efforts

Education

Master of Arts (MA) – Film Theory, Columbia University, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts (BA) – Film Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Meera Patel
123 W Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Professor of English with three years of experience. Focused on developing students’ intellectual curiosity and engagement with complex English writing and comprehension topics. Help define and inform broader department goals and advocate a wide variety of source texts, course topics, and pedagogical methods.

Teaching Experience

Professor – English 101; English 201; Creative Writing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI | August 2019 to Present

  • Engage students in topics such as English composition, creative freewriting methods, and literary criticism and analysis
  • Discuss texts and essays by authors and scholars such as Jacques Barzun, Peter Elbow, Horace, Donald Murray, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, and E. B. White
  • Explore novels by major 18th and 19th Century writers, including Samuel Richardson and William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Provide students with tips and tactics for efficient reading and clear comprehension of source materials
  • Teach students to develop and sustain written critical arguments, providing thorough, constructive feedback on graded papers
  • Draw strong link between college curricula and various internships and entry-level career opportunities for students

Education

Boston College, Boston, MA

Ph.D. – English Language & Literature
Master of Arts – English Studies
Bachelor of Arts – English, Creative Writing

Jasmine Brown
123 W 15th Street, Minneapolis, MN 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Art Professor with three years of experience. Focused on building students’ knowledge of complex visual concepts and art history topics.

Teaching Experience

Professor – Art History / Studio Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN | August 2019 to Present

  • Guide class exploration of visual forms and media such as drawing, painting, and printmaking
  • Motivate students to think creatively and independently about solving visual challenges and achieving balanced 2D composition
  • Teach class on major Spanish artists Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dalí, with in-depth discussion of their styles, influences, and contributions to 20th Century art
  • Coordinate with reference librarians to provide students with appropriate research sources

Education

Master of Fine Arts (MFA), University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), University of San Francisco, CA

Tips for Writing a Better Professor CV

1. Get specific, strategically

The CV can have shorter job descriptions than a resume, with fewer quantified achievements, but that doesn’t mean you should give minimal information about your work history. On the contrary, feel free to include any amount of detail, as long as it overlaps with your interest areas. (Give just the basics for any teaching experience that doesn’t align with your goal.)

Example:

Adjunct Professor – Film Studies, University of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY | August 2019 to Present

  • Deliver lectures about films by prominent 20th Century directors, including Alfred Hitchcock and Francis Ford Coppola
  • Engage classes of up to 30 in discussions of film topics such as mise-en-scène, postmodernism, use of music, and contemporary critical analysis

 

2. Use active language

The best way to write in a lively, active tone is to think of your material as a story with “characters and their actions,” in the words of Joseph Williams’s influential writing book Style: Toward Clarity and Grace. And who’s the primary character of your CV? You, of course. Your CV may contain many details on various subjects, but you should focus them all on yourself and your past contributions. If you are unsure how to phrase a sentence grammatically, you can start the sentence with an “I,” then simply remove the “I” and leave the rest of the sentence.

Example:

  • Guide class exploration of visual forms and media such as drawing, painting, and printmaking
  • Motivate students to think creatively and independently about solving visual challenges and achieving balanced 2D composition
  • Teach class on major Spanish artists Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dalí, with in-depth discussion of their styles, influences, and contributions to 20th Century art

 

3. Condense your publications details

You may have co-authored papers with many others but including their names can make the Publications section unwieldy. For a tidier look on your CV, leave out your collaborators’ names and use the title co-author. (See our Resume vs. Curriculum Vitae (CV) article template for suggested formatting.)

4. Use traditional fonts

A classic serif font style is usually best for jobseekers in the academic realm. Use: Book Antiqua, Bookman Old Style, Cambria, and Century (which look great in small caps for section headers).

Keywords and Skills to Consider for Your Professor CV

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Class Scheduling Comparative Analysis
Constructive Feedback Critical Analysis
Critical Thinking Cross-Department Collaboration
Curriculum Development Higher Education
Independent Research Mentoring
Public Speaking Reporting & Documentation
Socratic Seminars Student Advising

Common Action Verbs for Professor CVs

It’s easy to get stuck when writing the Experience section of your CV. You might find yourself running out of action verbs to describe your work. We created this list of strong resume verbs to help you reach the finish line. (Note, the verbs below are in the past tense, but you will want to change them to present tense for any duties you hold currently.)

Action Verbs
Analyzed Assayed
Broadened Collaborated
Connected Defined
Delivered Developed
Discussed Educated
Engaged Explored
Focused On Guided
Helped Informed
Presented Researched
Taught Wrote

How to Align Your Professor CV With the Job Description

What kinds of schools and campus communities have you taught? Has your work been characterized by certain class sizes, student demographics, or teaching philosophies? Consider details like these when looking at professor jobs that interest you. If a posting includes information on the school that overlaps with your background, mention that in your CV’s intro. This extra step will make your CV much more relevant to the job at hand and likely attract the hiring manager’s notice.

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