Writing an Academic CV

What Is a Curriculum Vitae?

The phrase "curriculum vitae," in a literal sense, means "course (or path) of life." Thus in American English the written genre we call a "curriculum vitae" (CV) is a document that summarizes the path you have followed in your professional life. As such, a CV grows and changes with its author,—it grows and changes is a rather unusual genre, in so far as it is one thatAs a genre, a curriculum vitae (cv) should thereforeIn American English, a CV, or “curriculum vitae,” and a resume are not the same thing. Resumes are brief and tailored for a specific objective, which dictates the type of information one includes. A CV should be more comprehensive. In fact, the phrase “curriculum vitae” literally means “course [or path] of life,” and thus a CV should grow and develop as you do.

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The Academic Curriculum Vitae


The curriculum vitae (CV) provides an overview of your achievements in the academic realm and should ideally provide a sense of continuity between what you have done in the past and what you plan to do in the future. There are different standards for American and British/Canadian cvs. This article focuses on the American cv.

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