In my CV's Education section, in particular, in its Ph.D. part, I listed, along with the full title of my dissertation and the date I defended it, titles and names of my dissertation committee members. Two of them are full professors and one is associate professor. I have decided to list them as such, but I am having some doubts about whether in this context "Professor AAA" should imply a full rank or just a title (so, no "Associate Professor BBB"). Your advice will be appreciated.

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  • @scaaahu: Thank you for the link (+1) - both questions are indeed very closely related, though mine, as I mentioned, is specific to the CV context. – Aleksandr Blekh Jun 26 '15 at 8:01
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    Please be aware that this is very cultural (e.g. Germany vs USA), field (e.g. math vs medicine) and context (e.g. academic vs industry) dependent. – Danny Ruijters Jun 30 '15 at 12:46
  • @DannyRuijters: I forgot to note in my question that its context includes US academic environment and information systems discipline. I realize that answers to most questions on this site are geo-, field- and other context-dependent. Nevertheless, I appreciate your comment. – Aleksandr Blekh Jun 30 '15 at 12:56

In general, a CV is not a place for innovation: your choices for what to put on it should be most heavily motivated by whatever is expected and most common in your field and especially among your peers. If you are thinking of doing anything "nonstandard" on a CV you should get a few opinions on it, and in particular show it to your advisor.

Is it common in your field to list your entire thesis committee? I have looked at thousands (no, really) of CV's in my field (mathematics) and I have never seen this. In fact it is about 50-50 whether people even list their thesis advisor on their CV (I had to check just now to see that I do not). I should say that the name of your thesis advisor is considered to be important information that would be provided elsewhere in a job application; it is part of the standard "AMS coversheet" that most job applicants in mathematics fill out. Moreover, there is a wonderful website called the Mathematics Genealogy Project where you can sate yourself to your heart's content with information about professional lineages. If you (a reader) are a recent math PhD, I would highly recommend that you add yourself to this page: you can be added by other people and if you wait long enough you will probably be added by someone else, but still it seems better not to chance it.

In the webpages I've seen where people include the name of their thesis advisor, they typically include just the name. Unless your advisor is at a different institution from you (unusual but not unheard of; it is not so rare to see this at Harvard/MIT for instance), you do not need to list institutional affiliation. Moreover, anyone who wants to look up information about your advisor can certainly do so. I don't see why you need to include their academic rank on your CV; and by the way, if you got your PhD ten years ago, do you include their rank at the time or their current rank?

I don't really care about the thesis committee of even a recent PhD. In my field, being on the thesis committee doesn't necessarily mean very much at all, and the people who are on the committee in an important or meaningful way are likely to be writing recommendation letters anyway. I certainly don't care whether someone's thesis committee member is an associate professor or a full professor. To be honest, a listing of the academic ranks of all the thesis committee members on a CV would make a somewhat negative impression on me: such a person would seem pretentious and without an understanding of what is actually important.

  • Thank you for your answer - you list some good points (+1). For the record, I don't list my committee members' affiliation, as I assume that a reader, seeing their titles and names under the names of my university and graduate school will imply the affiliation. As for your last comment of potential impression of an author as pretentious, it is quite contradictory to your own comment you've made to the other answer (about construed as "rude"). Anyway, my rationale for including that information is not so about not being rude, but certainly about being respectful. – Aleksandr Blekh Jun 26 '15 at 8:11
  • "As for your last comment of potential impression of an author as pretentious, it is quite contradictory to your own comment you've made to the other answer (about construed as "rude")." What is the contradiction? It can be construed as rude to list some people's proper titles and withhold others. It is not the same thing to list names only and not titles. If someone asks me who my thesis advisor was, I say "Barry Mazur", not "Professor Barry Mazur". – Pete L. Clark Jun 26 '15 at 8:19
  • The (indirect, hence my "quite") contradiction is that you say in the comment below that withholding professor's title (for a particular professor) could be construed as rude. Thus, applying the same logic, withholding titles from all professors (in my CV case) could also be construed as rude or, at least, disrespectful (however, in my case, you advise to exclude titles, thus, contradiction). Hence my comment. – Aleksandr Blekh Jun 26 '15 at 8:26
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    As to whether you should list people's titles on your CV: look at many other CVs in your field, and do what people do. If you are unsure, ask your advisor. In the context of this conversation I looked up 10 CVs of people I know who list their advisor. None of them listed the title. So I feel confident that what I'm saying is standard in my field. You need to find out whether it's standard in yours. As I said in my answer, it's not a matter of reasoning it out; CVs are very standardized. If you stray too far from what everyone else does, it looks weird, and some people won't like it. – Pete L. Clark Jun 26 '15 at 8:44
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    OK, sounds good. – Pete L. Clark Jun 26 '15 at 8:55

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