The C.V. Doctor: C.V. For a Faculty Member in the Social Sciences

October 11, 2002

This cultural anthropologist has a very strong vita and has been employed in academe since completing her doctorate -- no easy achievement in the tight market of anthropology. She would like a tenure-track position, ideally in a particular location but realistically any place she has to go. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, which may make it difficult for some departments to see where she could fit. It is important that she craft each cover letter to highlight how she is a good match for that particular job or department. This lengthy CV has a lot of white space at the bottom of many pages. We suggest that she decrease the size of her bottom margin. It also would be a good idea to have her name on each page.

-- Mary Morris Heiberger and Julia Miller Vick
Career Talk: The C.V. Doctor


Anthropology Department
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Elite College
City, State
Street Address
City, State
Telephone number
e-mail address

CURRENT POSITIONLecturerElite College, Department of Anthropology

RESEARCH INTERESTS Culture and the politics of environmentalism, public health, social movements, consumption, and globalization, with an area specialization in postsocialist Eastern Europe.

University of State at City
Ph.D., Anthropology, June 19991
Dissertation: "From Green Dissidents to Green Skeptics: Environmental Activists and Post-Socialist Political Ecology in Hungary"
Dissertation Advisors: Drs. Name (chair), Name, and Name
M.A., Anthropology, 1994
University of State, City,2
B.A., Anthropology, 1992
Honors Thesis: "Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum in the San Francisco Bay Area's Portuguese-American Community"
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Nancy Scheper-Hughes
Woodrow Wilson International Center
Junior Scholars' Training Seminar in Eastern European Studies, 2000.
Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of State at City
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Anthropology, 1999-2001.
Fulbright IIE
Graduate Student Research Fellowship, Hungary, 1996.
International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
Eastern European Individual Advanced Research Award, Hungary, 1995.
National Science Foundation
Graduate Minority Research Fellowship, 1992-1995.
University of State at City
Stevenson Program on Global Security, research and travel grant, Hungary, 1995.
Anthropology Board of Studies, research and travel grants, 1992-1999.
University of State at City
Regents' Scholarship, 1988-1992.
Alumni Scholarship, 1988-1992.
Heller Grant for Undergraduate Research, 1991.
Honors Students' Society, Award for Outstanding Sophomore Student, 1990.
Jeanne Tully Award for Poetry, Villa Montalvo
First place, 1988.
Honors Societies
Phi Beta Kappa, 1992.
Lambda Alpha, national anthropology honors society, 1991.
University of California, Berkeley Prytanean Society, 1990.
University of California, Berkeley Honors Students' Society, 1989.
Courses Taught
Anthropology and Public Policy
Public Policy Center, University of State at City, Spring 2002.
Designed and taught masters-level graduate seminar on applied anthropology and ethnographic field research for policy practitioners. Supervised eleven students in designing, conducting, and writing up a short-term ethnographic project in a public policy setting. Several students presented their research findings to local clients, and one student is revising his research paper for publication in an edited volume.
Culture through Film
Anthropology Department, University of State at City, Spring 2002.
An introduction to cultural anthropology using feature, ethnographic, and documentary films to explore key theoretical concepts. Designed and taught a large, multimedia lecture class of 270 students; supervised a teaching team of four teaching assistants. For a detailed syllabus, please consult my website.
Anthropology of Environmentalism
Anthropology Department, University of State at City, Fall 2001.
Designed and taught upper-division seminar presenting anthropological theories of nature and culture and ethnographic research on ecological movements worldwide.
Health and Habitat/Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Environment and Public Health
Anthropology Department, University of State at City, Fall 1999 and 2001.
Designed and taught upper-division seminar exploring concepts of environmental justice through ethnographic texts on political ecology, the body, and cultural theories of risk.
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology Board of Studies, University of State at City, Summer 1998.
Designed and taught a lower-division introduction to culture and ethnography, presenting key concepts in symbolic anthropology and political economy.
Ethnographies of Popular Culture
Anthropology Board of Studies, University of State at City, Winter 1997.
Designed and taught an upper-division, cross-cultural survey of popular culture, exploring theoretical approaches from cultural anthropology and British cultural studies.
Teaching Assistantships
Medical Anthropology, Environment and Culture, Introduction to Public Health, and Introduction to European Visual Culture
Led discussion sections and performed administrative duties for courses offered in the Departments of Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Community Studies and Art History, University of State at City, Fall 1997-Spring 1999.
Guest Lectures
1. "Post-Socialist Political Ecology: Some Hungarian Cases," Eastern European Economic Transitions (Economics), Elite College, December 1999.

Six others listed

Consulting/Applied Experience
Qualitative Research Consultant
Regional Environmental Center (REC), Budapest, Hungary, 1996. Conducted interviews in Hungarian with directors of environmental organizations and assisted in the preparation of the REC's publication, Problems, Progress, and Possibilities: A Needs Assessment of Environmental NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe, 1997.
Book Manuscript, Articles and Book Chapters
1. "From the Danube to Seattle: Environmental Activism and the transformation from State Socialism in Hungary," book manuscript in preparation.
2. "International Environmental Justice: Building Natural Assets for the Poor" (with Name), overview essay in preparation for the Ford Foundation's International Natural Assets Project. Expected date of publication, December 2002.

Eight others listed

Book Reviews

Two listed


Two publications listed

Ethnographic Research
Long-term qualitative fieldwork conducted in Hungarian investigating shifts in environmental activism over the course of the transition from state socialism. Ethnographic fieldwork with environmental and Roma (Gypsy) organizations in Budapest and provinces, 1995-1996, Summer 1997, Summer 2000, Summer 2002. Preliminary dissertation research, March 1995 and July 1994.
Fieldwork with East-Central European and Western European environmentalists participating in the European Marches Against Social Exclusion, Amsterdam, June 1997.
Austria, Romania, Czech Republic, and Slovak Republic
Short research trips to environmental organizations in countries neighboring Hungary to investigate transboundary environmental issues, shared concerns of post-socialist environmentalists, and differences between national environmental movements in East-Central Europe. Fieldwork conducted in English, Hungarian, and German. 1994-1997.
Two other experiences listed
Archaeological Field Experience
Archaeological excavation at Gallo-Roman site. Chartres, June 1990.
Invited Presentations

Nineteen presentations listed

Conference Presentations

Seventeen presentations listed

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ASSOCIATIONSProfessional Leadership ActivitiesSpecial Issue Co-Editor "Food and Post-socialist Culture," Anthropology of East Europe Review, co-edited with Name, in preparation for Spring 2003.Invited Session Organizer "New World Disorders: Exploring the Intersections of Medical and Environmental Anthropology," co-sponsored by the Society for Medical Anthropology and the Anthropology and Environment section of the American Anthropological Association. Washington, DC, 2001.

Five additional activities listed

Interdisciplinary Research ActivitiesNatural Assets Program Invited to write an overview paper for the Ford Foundation program on international environmental justice, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2000-2002.

Five additional activities listed

Professional Associations American Anthropological Association American Ethnological Society Society for Applied Anthropology Anthropology and Environment Section Society for the Anthropology of Europe Anthropology of East Europe Group Soyuz: Postcommunist Cultural Studies Association Hungarianist Research Group Gypsy Lore Society Fulbright Association


Two activities listed

Community Service and Activism

Three activities listed

FOREIGN LANGUAGES Hungarian and French, fluent. Portuguese and German, fair.


Five references listed

1.) In her message to us, this candidate provided a three-sentence description of her dissertation research. It might be a good idea to include a slightly abbreviated version of it here. And a small point: The month can be omitted from the date of Ph.D. conferral since the degree was received more than a year ago.

2.) Another small point: There's an unnecessary comma after the university's name. It's always a good idea to get someone who isn't familiar with your CV to proofread.

3.) This candidate has provided excellent descriptions of the courses she has taught. Besides the obvious subject matter, she includes the level of the course, the types of assignments, and the unique aspects of each.

4.) We suggest not including a section on the candidate's published poetry here because it is not part of her scholarship. In fact, it shouldn't be included at all. If she feels strongly that she wants it on the CV, it could go at the end under a heading like "Additional Publications."

5.) Archaeologists and anthropologists traditionally have a section on field experience. These brief descriptions are just long enough to provide the reader with a basic understanding of her field experience.

6.) The candidate's list of five references are from four different disciplines. To some traditional departments, her interdisciplinary approach may not be seen as a strength; rather it may seem that she is "all over the place." It would be better to omit this section altogether and/or include the statement "References available upon request," at the end of the CV.