I'm working on my CV right now. I have been teaching EFL at a university for 2 years. It has been my first university position. I am planning on applying at universities back in the States soon. I am educationally-qualified (meaning, I have the degrees required), however I do not have much experience (6 years teaching, only 2 university). I wanted to list as much information as possible, so I have been writing about each course I have taught (about 6 different courses). I have included course name, objective, textbook, and course highlights (meaning unique projects that would set my courses apart). I am wondering if this is necessary or useful?
A brief description of the courses you've taught is never remiss, as it helps reviewers place your teaching work into context. This is especially important for teaching-primary positions. However, for many positions, you also have the ability (or requirement) to submit a "teaching statement." This would be a place, for instance, where you could discuss your unique projects.
What I would certainly want people to know about in the courses I taught:
- Full course name
- Whether they were required or elective
- The intended audience (e.g., "freshmen" or "upper-year undergraduates and graduates in the major")
- How long (how many times) you taught the course
- Did you have sole responsibility, or was it co-taught
- Format of the class (lecture, seminar, laboratory, etc.)
- A brief description of the course, if its nature cannot be inferred from the title (for example, "Introduction to US History to 1865" doesn't need an explanation; "The Critical Period" would.)
Other information could be listed on a "courses taught" appendix, but I might not necessarily include it directly in the CV.