Resumes for College Teachers

Experienced college teachers significantly edit CVs to create resumes.
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College teachers use resumes as a brief summary of experience and expertise to accompany journal articles, apply for speaking assignments for professional conferences and to share with new colleagues when working on committees. Higher-education teaching resumes must include the instructor's education, contact information and work experience on a single page, according to the College of Arts and Sciences Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. University teachers generally have a collection of different resumes formatted to fit the occasion, but all include a core of basic information.


Professional teaching resumes include the teacher's name and complete contact information, including an office or personal telephone number, street address with ZIP code and an email address. The DePaul University Career Center recommends selecting a conforming, but larger, print for this section to allow the text to stand out from the rest of the resume.


College teaching resumes must include a general summary of education, citing the most recent experience first. Since most post-secondary institutions require instructors to hold at least one higher-education degree, resumes typically begin with college and omit any information about secondary education. Resumes list general information, including degrees awarded, name of the awarding institution and the degree year. Recent graduates applying for post-secondary assignments sometimes list a thesis or dissertation title next to the degree awarded. Some college teachers hold teaching certifications, and these appear under this resume segment.


Instructor resumes include a brief list of course titles and the number of years teaching the listed course. A curriculum vitae offers a complete listing of courses taught and assignments at various colleges throughout a teacher's professional experience. New teachers list assignments for the current year on the resume. An instructor with a doctorate in elementary education, however, typically features teaching assignments in that specialty field, as compared to listing courses taught outside the teacher's field of professional study. Graduate course assignments show that the instructor has the skills to handle advanced subject matter, and instructor resumes generally feature these sought-after teaching assignments by listing the graduate or seminar status next to the course title.

Community Service

Colleges require teachers to continue their education, publish scholarly works and do community service for promotion at the school. Teachers select the most important community service assignments to list on the resume, such as consulting for local government agencies or serving as a board member for an agency or foundation. Some teachers list major grant awards under this resume category, interpreting the funding as community service to the college or university department.

Research and Publications

The curriculum vitae, or CV, itemizes a full list of the teacher's publications, presentations at scholarly events and review committee appointments for scholarly journals. Resumes, however, focus on only one or two of the teacher's important works in this resume area. The Columbia University Center for Career Education recommends using a separate resume heading called "Selected Publications" to cite these works. Resumes typically focus only on the teacher's publications printed by scholarly presses.

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