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

October 11, 2002

This candidate writes that, while he is interested in teaching at research institutions, he would also consider working at a small, liberal-arts college in the right setting. But his CV, he admits, "reveals an obvious research/publishing bent. Do you think this may hamper my chances with smaller schools that might be skeptical about my desire to stay there long-term?" This is a reasonable concern, and it's probably a good idea for this candidate to have two versions of the CV, one for research institutions and one for liberal-arts colleges. Many four-year colleges want to hire excellent teachers who are also fine researchers, so the presence of research is not a problem, but the absence of detail about teaching might be taken as a relative lack of interest. The corrective is easy, and we offer some suggestions in the footnotes.

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


Job Candidate
Home Address Department of History
City, State Southern University
Telephone Office Address
E-mail address City, State


Ph.D., University of State at City (May 2001) Dissertation: "The Eternal Paddy: The British Press and Irish Identity, 1798-1882" Advisor: Name Committee: Name, Name, Name, and Name

Examination Fields: Britain and Ireland 1485 to Present, Europe 1700 to Present, British Empire

M.A., University of State at City (1995) Thesis: "The Great Irish Famine and British Public Opinion" Major: Modern British and Irish History Minor: South Asian History

B.A., Private University, City, State(1992) Majors: History and English; Graduated with High Honors

Teaching Experience2

Instructor, Department of History, Southern University (2001-2003)

Adjunct Professor, Department of History, Small College, City, State (semester I 2000-2001)3

Lecturer, Senior Summer School, City, State (summer 1997)

Lecturer, Department of History, University of State at City (semester II 1996-97)

Teaching Assistant, Department of History, University of State at City (semester I 1996-97)



The Eternal Paddy: The British Press and Irish Identity, 1798-1882 (University of Wisconsin Press, forthcoming)

Seven other book chapters and articles are listed. Awards and Honors

Vilas Professional Development Fellowship (1999)

Graduate School Foreign Travel Fellowship (1997-98)

History Department Foreign Travel Grant (1997-98)

Distinction on Preliminary Examinations (1996)

Phi Beta Kappa (1992)

George D. Harmon Prize for Scholarship in History (1992)

Williams Prize in Creative Writing (1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92)

Presentations and Papers6

"Britannia's Sick Sister: Irish Maladies and British Cures," Annual Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Milwaukee, WI (June 7, 2002)

Eight other presentations are listed. Book Reviews

Eunan O'Halpin, Defending Ireland: The Irish State and Its Enemies Since 1922, in The Historian 63:3 (Spring 2001)

Three other book reviews are listed. University Service and Professional Affiliations

Faculty Sponsor, Chancellor's Leadership Program, Southern University (2002-2003)

Chair, Early Modern Search Graduate Student Liaison Committee, Department of History, University of State at City (1997-98)

Member, Graduate Council Liaison Committee, Department of History, University of State at City (semester II 1996-97 and 1997-98)

Member, North American Conference on British Studies, American Conference for Irish Studies, and American Historical Association

Other Professional Experience7

Editor, Internet Scout Project Scout Report, University of State at City (August 1998-August 2001)

Editor, Internet Scout Project Scout Report for Social Sciences, University of State at City (June 1997-August 1998)

1.) We have a few minor suggestions here. Don't use parentheses around dates. The year in which a candidate received his degree is of interest, not something to be minimized. Now that more than a year has passed since the degree was conferred, it is probably a good idea to remove the month. In addition, the titles of the dissertation and the master's thesis could be italicized to add some visual interest. And the use of a bold typeface for the degrees and the institutions would add some visual interest but is certainly optional.

2.) For a CV aimed at teaching-intensive colleges, the candidate needs to expand this section. For each position, he could provide information about the courses he developed. Besides listing the course names and subjects, it is also helpful for the CV to offer brief descriptions that demonstrate what the candidate did to make the course viable or unique. Here's a sample description: "Taught undergraduates to consider the variety of ways [subject matter] is defined. Developed group research assignments and helped students to organize discussion groups."

3.) Again, remove the parentheses and separate dates from the names of institutions with a comma. The candidate should also include the location of each campus (city and state).

4.) For a vita that highlights teaching, it would be useful to add a "Teaching Interests" section, which would be a list of the courses the candidate can teach.

5.) For a CV aimed at research institutions, a "Research Interests" section is optional. It would be much more highly focused than a list of "Teaching Interests."

6.) This candidate has a significant amount of research and so has separate sections for "Publications," "Presentations and Papers," and "Book Reviews." For candidates with less published and presented scholarship it would make sense to offer all of this information under one section called "Publications and Presentations."

7.) The CV indicates that the candidate has been involved with an Internet project. It would be nice to have some details. Knowing what the work entailed might be helpful to a department that is looking for someone with more-than-the usual Internet expertise. In addition, on a teaching-focused CV, the candidate might mention under "Teaching Interests" that he has the Web-development skills to incorporate the Internet in teaching. If he's already developed a Web site in connection with a course he's taught, it would be a good idea to provide the URL along with the description of the course.