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Unit 2: Creating a Strong Portfolio
Section 2.2: Crafting the Curriculum
Vitae to Highlight your Community Engagement
Tips & Strategies for Developing a Strong
Tips & Strategies for Highlighting Community-Engaged
Scholarship in Your CV
"Document, document, document. You always need
to be thinking about how you'll have evidence."
"Highlight grants for service. One has to draw
attention to it. One must build the portfolio as one would as a body
of [traditional] work."
The curriculum vitae or CV is a critical part of every
faculty portfolio. The CV provides promotion and tenure committees with
a detailed summary of a faculty member's training, and their teaching,
research and service activity. When creating your CV, you want to consider
how "well it introduces you and whether you accomplishments and qualifications
shine forth" (Bickel, 2001). Most institutions or schools have a
preferred order for the CV. If this is the case at your institution, it
is important to "follow the rules" and guidelines. Click here
for an example from the University of Washington School of Public Health
and Community Medicine (see appendix 12).
Tips & Strategies for Developing
a Strong Curriculum Vitae
In many respects, creating your CV is a fairly straightforward process
of documenting of work over an extended period of time. There are, however,
a number of tips & strategies to make your CV 'stand' out' as an exemplary
- Create a CV that is organized and formatted. Make sure all
your publications include all the appropriate reference information
and that they all use the same referencing style. Be careful not to
include extraneous information just to increase length.
- Keep your CV current and update it regularly. As a faculty
member, you are likely currently involved in more activities that you
want to count, and thus, without frequent documenting of your work,
it may get lost in the shuffle. Some faculty continually update their
CV. Others use a file folder for keeping track of relevant CV information.
Whatever system works for you, develop an effective method for keeping
track of your scholarship and service work.
- Keep CV examples that are well-done. Review and save CVs of
faculty whose careers you would want to emulate and are well done. This
can shed light on important tips for what information to include and
how to present it.
- Develop a Table of Contents. One faculty in the Scholarship
Project used the guidelines from her school to develop her CV but then
added a Table of Contents at the very beginning. This technique added
a unique and nice organizing feature for her CV.
|Table of Contents
|Education & Continuing Education Attended
|Honors and Awards
|Employment and Positions Held
|Scientific and Professional Presentations
|Membership and Service in Scientific/Professional/Honorary
|Consultative and Advisory Positions Held
|Invited Continuing Education Presentations
|Continuing Education Workshops/Organized
|Service on University/College Committees
|Current Teaching/Curriculum Responsibilities
|Teaching Service in Other Schools/Departments
- Create an Executive Summary of Your CV. Janet
Bickel, a well-known Career Development and Executive Coach and Faculty
Career and Diversity consultant encourages faculty to present an executive
summary of one's CV.
This may be an effective strategy, since many CVs near the time of promotion
and/or tenure can exceed 15 or more pages in length. You might consider
including this summary with the CV in your portfolio.
Tips & Strategies for Highlighting
Community-Engaged Scholarship in Your CV
Faculty in the Scholarship
Project have used the following strategies to highlight community
- Place a star on publications where one or more of your co-authors
was a community partner. This highlights your commitment to recognizing
community partners for their scholarly contributions.
- Place a star on publications where one of your students was a first
author. This highlights your commitment to mentoring your students,
and your willingness to support their development.
- Under the 'Current Teaching Responsibilities section,' create a subheading
called Community-Based Education or Service Learning Courses. Refer
to these courses and their students and community impact in your teaching
statement (link to section on teaching portfolio page]
- Cite training manuals for community and innovative educational materials
under publications. Highlight these products in your personal statement,
especially if you are able to indicate how they were peer reviewed and
what potential impact they are having on learners, community members
or policy makers. Cite educational and public health evaluation reports.
- Create a separate section under 'Grant Activity' called, "Grants
for Service or Community Engagement"
- Create a subsection within the most relevant CV heading that enables
you to highlight leadership roles that highlight your community engagement.
Faculty who are 'engaged' with communities tend to hold a number of
leadership positions, and would benefit from highlighting these service
and practice in service.
- Highlight your service work in three areas: (1) University Service,
(2) Professional Service and (3) Community Service. This method of categorizing
your service can show your committee the breadth of your commitment
to service both within the university and beyond. Click here
for definitions of these terms.
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