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Rules of the academic CV

There can be a wide variation in the printed academic CV, dependant on discipline and geographic location. However there are some basic rules of the academic CV that Dr Kelsky of ‘The Professor is in’ blog sets out on her blog post ‘Dr. Karen’s Rules of the Academic CV’. In summary her rules cover formatting, what you should include, and the principle of peer review.

What is missing from your CV? Dr Kelsky sets out the following 20 points on the content of your CV and how to approach each piece of information. This is a great list for checking that you have included and updated all of these things:


1. Education
2. Professional Appointments/Employment
3. Publications
4. Awards and Honours
5. Grants and Fellowships
6. Invited Talks
7. Conference Activity/Participation
7a. Campus or Departmental Talks
8. Teaching Experience
9. Research Experience
10. Service to Profession
11. Departmental/University Service
12. Extracurricular University Service
13. Community Involvement/Outreach
14. Media Coverage
15. Related Professional Skills
16. Non-Academic Work
17. Teaching Areas/Courses Prepared To Teach
18. Languages.
19. Professional Memberships/Affiliations
20. References

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