Professorial CV Template

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This is a CV template for academic posts, especially professorships. It is designed as a model and a basis for your own academic CV.

There is no need to include a personal statement on an academic CV. Start by describing your relevant qualifications.

A professorial CV will need to show that you have the relevant experience in teaching and research but also that you have held senior appointments within your institution and in a visiting capacity.

The challenge for a professorial CV is what to include and what to exclude in terms of teaching experience and publications. If you list every course you have ever taught, every book or article written, every conference attended, your CV will run to 20 pages! Limit your listings to the last five years unless this excludes your most important work. The idea is to show your most recent areas of expertise and focus if possible.

Do not forget to include the contact details for two referees at the end.


Personal details


(Date of birth)






PhD:  title, date and place where received, supervisor’s name/examiners’ names

Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees:  details of where and what awarded and grade achieved.

Any other relevant awards, eg teaching qualifications

Employment history


This is where you show your career progression to date

  • Lecturer (give dates)
  • Senior Lecturer (dates)
  • Reader (dates)
  • Professor (dates)
  • Dean (if applicable)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, (if applicable)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (if applicable)


Visiting appointments

  • List all consultant appointments and visiting lectureships/professorships to other institutions

University appointments and contributions

  • List any departmental roles undertaken such as admissions tutor
  • Also list any university committees, steering groups etc. (give dates)


  • List recent publications in order of importance and prestige

External examining

Give places and dates at which you have been an external examiner

Community activities

List any other leadership roles you have undertaken outside your career that may be relevant, such as being chair of school governors for example.


List the names, postal addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of two referees who know your academic work well.

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