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Rubric: Curriculum Vitae

Writing a Curriculum Vitae can be a challenging task and we aim to partner with you in crafting one that highlights your unique array of knowledge, skills and abilities. In addition, we also offer you guidance on considering the three most common components of an academic career portfolio: teaching, research and service. With this in mind, here is a rubric that we will use to guide the feedback we share with you. We look forward to supporting you!

Evaluation Categories

  • Excellent (E)
  • Satisfactory (S)
  • Improvement (I)
Contact InformationSpecifies your name, phone number, mailing address (work or home), and professional email addressE,S,I
Research InterestsPresents 1-sentence summary or description of primary research interests (eg., Research interests: X, Y, Z)E,S,I
EducationLists all academic degrees in reverse chronological order; also includes Major, Minor (if applicable) and Dissertation/Thesis title (Note as “tentative” if not yet finalized)E,S,I
Employment /
Lists professional experience (employment) in reverse chronological order.

Optional: if appropriate, create subsections – e.g., “Teaching Experience”, “Research Experience”, “Administrative Experience”
PublicationsLists journal articles in reverse chronological order; highlights your name in bold for multiple-author publications

*Note: If you have few or minimal articles, then include newsletter articles, blog posts and similar sorts of published materials; alternatively, if you have multiple types of publications, use subheadings such as peer-reviewed “Peer Reviewed” (eg., journal articles) “Blog posts”, “Trade publications” etc.
Conferences, Presentations & PostersLists all conference or poster presentations in reverse chronological order; include title, name of conference and dateE,S,I
Grants, Fellowships, Honors & AwardsLists all awards or honors In reverse chronological order; for grants & fellowships include the monetary awardE,S,I
ServiceLists participation on academic committees, professional or community organizations; also  includes names of the committees or organizations, titles held and dates servedE,S,I
Professional DevelopmentLists workshops, webinars or conferences attended and any relevant certifications achieved; includes names of sponsoring organizations & dates attendedE,S,I
Professional AffiliationsLists membership in all professional or scholarly organizations; includes years of membership and titles held (if relevant)E,S,I
LanguagesLists non-native language proficiencies and level of proficiency; if relevant, also includes computer language proficienciesE,S,I
Organization & LayoutApplies heading styles to ensure consistency and accessibility (Headings in Microsoft Word | Headings in Google Docs); also demonstrates adequate use of passive or white space; pages include headers or footers with page numbers;

(Optional): consider using graphic borders to visually distinguish major sections of your CV
Format (Font & Typeface)Uses consistent and readable font
Resource: Top 23 Professional Fonts (And How To Choose the Right One)