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If you’re a college professor, you already have an impressive CV and excellent educational credentials. When it comes time to apply for jobs, the trick is to fit all of your qualifications into a compact resume. If you need some guidance, you’ll find it here. In this blog, we’ll show you an example of a great resume and offer some helpful tips that you can use to complete your own.
College professors are higher education professionals who teach classes in their subjects of expertise. They can work in universities, medical schools, and community colleges. Duties include creating lesson plans, delivering lectures, administering exams, and conducting research. Since professors have unique areas of expertise, duties may vary. For example, a biology professor might spend more time in the lab, while an English professor will spend more time in the classroom.
In this example, you’ll see the formatting is minimal and clean overall, making the entire document easy for a hiring manager to skim. Start your resume with a strong statement that embodies your approach to teaching. Use this section to mention your most notable credentials and try to express passion for your work. Begin with a short paragraph summary that outlines your relevant qualifications and experience. This should be aligned with the specific job you are applying to. After the paragraph, include a list of key skills. For this list, try to think of what the university is looking for in a professor. What would they find most important?
Being a professor is all about having the right educational background, so make sure that your education takes center stage on your resume. Instead of placing your education section at the bottom, consider placing it near the top. Start with the most recent degree and work backwards.
Your research interests and past projects are what set you apart from other candidates. Make sure and explore these in as much detail as possible, ideally in a bulleted list for each role that highlights achievements. If you talked at a conference, published research, or launched a new program, these could all be listed as achievements.
Before you finish your resume, include a list of relevant skills and competencies. As a professor, you have a unique skill set that sets you apart from other professionals, so don’t be afraid to show them off. Here are some skills that you could list:
Mentorship and advising
Lecturing and in-person instruction
Peer review processes
Record-keeping and reporting
Subject matter expertise
Charismatic educator specializing in academic program leadership and college-level instruction in business management, marketing, communications, and art. Skilled in developing high-quality curricula and lesson plans to meet the needs of diverse learners. Talented at bringing innovative technologies into the classroom to enhance student learning and facilitate mastery of complex subject matter. Published author, articulate presenter, and trusted mentor to adjunct faculty. Well-versed in moderating virtual and in-person classes, deeply committed to program excellence and student success.
Employment history example
Global Campus Business Faculty at New Hampshire University, Manchester
2022 - Present
Design, customize, and deliver online curricula for two courses: Managing and Leading in Business and Human Relations in Administration. Develop course curricula and lesson plans to personalize the learning experience for each student. Coordinate and moderate class discussions. Assign and grade work, respond to students, and advise students on academic progress. Partner with other advisors to better support challenged students. Record and monitor student performance. Review and evaluate performance of adjunct faculty. Serve as Team Lead in mentoring faculty on best practices and tools for effectively delivering online instruction.
Utilized screen-o-matic.com, zoom.com, Skype, and other communication tools to create high-impact video lectures and virtual learning classes.
Consistently earned strong ratings and high marks in student surveys.
Teaching Assistant at University of Virginia, Herndon
2020 - 2021
Supported professors by assisting with lectures and tutorials, grading student assignments and exams, and providing one-on-one support during office hours. Served as liaison between professor and students to communicate and clarify assignments.
Followed grading best practices to ensure academic integrity.
Adjunct Professor, Strategic Management at Vineland College, Vineland
2015 - 2018
Instructed senior-level students on business best practices, start-ups, strategic planning, leadership, and organizational behavior to prepare for corporate and non-profit business roles. Taught students of diverse abilities and learning styles, incorporating visual, audio, and hands-on components in all lessons.
Advanced student research and teamwork skills by assigning complex team projects that required active participation from every team member.
Mentored business students on the crafting, development, and completion of their Capstone projects as well as assisting them on initial job searches, including resume development and interview coaching.
Art Teacher at Deerfield Township Schools
2015 - 2018
Developed curriculum to instruct middle school students in both art history and the creation of art across a variety of media. Assigned and graded work, maintained student records, and provided feedback on student performance at parent conferences. Planned and hosted student art shows and exhibitions. Liaised with administrators, the Art and Music Departments to evaluate and fulfill school’s art needs.
Modified lesson plans and projects to meet needs of students with disabilities and IEPs.
Assisted 8th-grade students in preparing comprehensive art portfolios for high school.
Master of Arts in Communications at Southern New Hampshire University
Master of Science in Management
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies at Thomas Edison State College
Associates in Fine Arts and Design at Rowan College of South Jersey, formerly Cumberland County College
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Curriculum Planning & Development
Student Mentoring / Advising
Academic Program Leadership
Patrick is a Nashville-based writer and editor who loves a good turn of phrase. He has worked for a variety of clients but has a special interest in career services, travel, and the arts. When not writing, Patrick is an avid musician who enjoys exploring the sights and sounds of Music City.