Professor Resume Sample

Here’s a sample resume we recently produced for a professor in Singapore.




Tel.: +65 XXXX XXXX | Email: | Nationality: Singaporean


  • Seasoned educator with proven track record in teaching and delivering courses on 20th Century History and Singapore Natural History, as well as assuming multi-faceted roles including senior lecturer, instructor, academic coach, and academic coordinator at leading schools in Singapore
  • Outstanding public speaker with strong reputation in student and peer engagement. Well-versed in using innovative approaches to enhance teaching and learning, particularly through collaboration and Web 2.0 applications
  • Comprehensive involvement in department and college-wide activities. Progressive leader adept at identifying and developing potential of students, providing professional and pastoral guidance whenever required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills towards building relationships at all organisational levels

[This section gives a good helicopter view of the candidate. Briefly mentioning about  the coyrses you teach, as well as your extra academic functions, will establish a focus of your specialisation.]


 Curriculum Development  Public Speaking
 Academic Research  Innovative Learning
 Educational Leadership  Classroom Management

[Ensure the keywords here mirror those used in the job ad. The first round of vetting is often done by a software scanner. This section helps to pad the CV with key professorial phrases necessary to get past those scanners.]


SENIOR HISTORY PROFESSOR                                                        July 2012 – Present
  • Teach two courses on Ancient History, with 40 students per class, and two courses on Singapore History, with 35 students per class. Develop programs to improve students’ interest in history and enhance their overall learning and development [This is a good opening line as it clearly states the focus and size of your responsibility. In 1 line, the reader knows exactly the what the role is about.]
  • Co-chair History Department’s search committee to identify, interview, hire, and orient candidates and new professors [This line and the following lines describe other academic functions you do in the university.]
  • Part of university-wide curriculum committee; assist in developing new Academic Guidelines to be adopted by entire campus
  • Serve as PhD sponsor for two teaching assistants

Significant Highlights

  • Co-authored research study on impact of 20th century history on development of rural culture in Singapore which was published in 2014 [Cite successful researches and published works you did.]
  • Invited yearly as one of guest speakers for Singapore Higher Education Conference attended by more than 300 professors, advisers, and university chairs

HISTORY PROFESSOR                                                                     July 2003 – June 2012

  • Taught four courses of 20th Century History with 30 students per class. Developed brand new curriculum for courses to capitalise on current educational trends and modern technology [Simple, clear overview of the job you previously done. Notice also how the remaining bullet point is shorter. No need to go into deep detail about previous similar workscopes.]
  • Supervised and guided 2 teaching assistants each year who assisted in overseeing classroom activities, grading papers, and recoding students’ attendance

Significant Highlights

  • Published 8 academic research papers during tenure
  • Developed course curriculum which was adopted by the university and set as new standard for course line


  • Masters of History, National University of Singapore | 2001-2003
  • Bachelor of Arts (History), University of Melbourne | 1997-2001


  • Technical Skills: MS Office Suite
  • Languages: Fluent in English, Mandarin, Spanish
  • Availability: 1 month’s notics

References available upon request
[There’s no need to list your references; if HR is interested in you they will ask you for them.]

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About the Professor Role

Professors fill important roles on college and university campuses, including teaching courses, conducting research, securing grant funding, mentoring students and graduate assistants, giving presentations on behalf of the university, and engaging in the campus community. Often times being in the education field versus the business field, professors have a difficult time developing an accurate resume that reads well during the hiring process, over the academic paper style.

A well-made resume should highlight your credentials for the position, whereas a poorly designed resume will prevent you from being considered during the initial selection process.

To create a CV that stands out for the right reasons, follow our guide on how to write a professor resume sample.

Key Pointers Hiring Managers Look For in Professor Resumes

  • Your resume should provide a complete overview of your career experience, detailing in whatever length necessary your experience with teaching, research, publications, presentations, and committee and community involvement, as well as your own educational credentials and certifications.
  • Important qualities for professorial candidates include critical thinking and problem solving skills, communication skills (written and verbal/public speaking), resourcefulness, the ability to work both independently and as part of a larger department and campus environment, and strong integrity. Make sure to showcase these skills and abilities in your resume.

Additional Professor Resume Writing Tips

  • Because a professor resume can be very lengthy, make sure it is formatted well. Your resume needs to be easy for HR screeners and search committee heads to read quickly and absorb the key points. Hiring committee members read a more in depth version at later stages of the interview process.
  • Focus and length may vary based on whether you are applying for a tenure-track permanent position or an adjunct part-time position. Research and publication experience are typically more important for the former, while teaching and/or industry experience weigh heavily for the latter.

Job Opportunities for Professors

  • The best way to find the most up-to-date openings is to review individual college/university websites, specifically looking for the Jobs or Careers page.
  • There are also job board aggregation sites which collect and post openings by field from multiple locations. These include,, and  Times Higher Education unijobs. Keep in mind that these sites typically may have a slight delay in adding or removing posting behind the source (i.e. university website)
  • You may also want to check out our complete list of job sites in Singapore to help you get started. Alternatively, you can reach out to these headhunters in Singapore to learn about any vacancies they may be trying to fill out.

Job Hunting Tips from our Resident Headhunter

  • Networking can prove very important in the professor job search, so time would be well spent reaching out to current faculty members at institutions of interest to learn more about the campus community and potential/current openings.
  • Professor hiring typically happens at certain times of year, to give those currently working at other colleges a chance to interview, negotiate, and give proper notice before changing institutions, since their absence means that new professors would be needed to fill their course responsibilities. Reach out to HR or department administrators at institutions of interest to find out more about their faculty hiring timeline.
  • Consider new and relevant licensures and certifications if you would like to specialize in a certain area, teach a particular type of course, or broaden the subjects you would be best qualified to instruct on or research.

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