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Your Tenure CV

Contributed by R. Mark Leckie (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and Kristen St. John (James Madison University)

Robert Sorlie and his sled dogs near Nome, Alaska
Norwegian Iditarod champion Robert Sorlie and his sled team in the 2007 Iditarod; photo taken near Nome, Alaska.
Your curriculum vitae (CV) should be a detailed summary of your academic credentials, accomplishments, and experience to date.

Who is your audience?

It serves three primary audiences: (1) colleagues in your department, (2) people in the tenure review process who are not geoscientists (e.g., deans, college Promotion and Tenure (P&T) committee members, provosts, presidents), and possibly (3) colleagues at other institutions, if external review is part of the P&T process at your institution.

Tips and suggestions about writing a good CV

What should be included in a CV?

The CV is a personal document and generally there is no standard style or format. There are exceptions however; some institutions do have a required institution-specific format to follow for tenure packages so it is important to check whether this is the case at your institution. All academic CVs should contain a number of specific and clearly labeled sections. The list that follows can serve as a guideline for organizing your CV and it provides section headings that might be appropriate for your purposes. It is modified from resources from MIT's Career Development Center. Notice that the list includes prior experiences and contributions to all three facets of academic responsibility: teaching, research, and service. Your individual CV may include a different number of sections with different titles and/or a different sequence.

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