Faculty Profiles Style Guidelines
The faculty profiles style guidelines are meant to keep all profiles with consistent look and feel. These guidelines should be reviewed closely and utilized appropriately. There will be ongoing monitoring of the profiles to ensure that these guidelines are followed.
Name, Title, and Bio Summary
Name: Full first name, middle initial (if one is used), and last name should be listed in the appropriate fields.
Title: Title should include the professorship first followed by director titles. For director titles of centers/programs, list the title, then a comma, and then the name of the center/program.
Example: Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence; Director, Center for National Security
Bio Summary: This field is the information featured on the main listing page. It should be the same exact information listed in the title. No other information should be listed here.
Narrative format: The biography must be written with full sentences. The first sentence should list the name of the professor followed by their title. A second sentence can list their areas of teaching interests, if desired.
Length: The profiles must be no longer than 350 words. Any biographies that exceed that limit will have to be edited down.
Time: Keep biographies with specific time elements. Instead of “Lester became dean last year,” you should write “Lester became dean in 2015.”
All additional elements should be in bullet format.
The elements should be listed in the following order: Education, Areas of Expertise, Publications, Activities and Affiliations, Honors and Awards, In the News, Remarks and Testimony, and Professional Experience.
Order: List degrees in reverse chronological order.
Degree, school, year: Each degree listing must be listed as Degree, School, Year.
Example: J.D., Harvard University, 1970
Do not include this information: Honors, majors, or any other additional information beyond the degree, school, and year may be listed. If professors want to highlight this, they can do so in their bios.
Areas of Expertise
Number: Limit areas of interests to five (5). Any additional interests can be placed in bios or combined.
Letters: Only the first word should be capitalized. The second or third word should be lowercase.
Example: Administrative law (Not Administrative Law)
Limit: List no more than 15 publications. If professors want to list more, they can create a document and save it as a PDF, where as many publications can be listed as they want.
If a PDF is created, please write in bold at the end of the publications list: View an extended list of <Professor’s Name Here>'s publications: The attach the PDF in the attachment field under the editing box.
Order: List publications in reverse chronological order.
Links: Links are OK, however, they must be active links (no 404 Page Not Found links). Continuously check that the links are active throughout each academic year.
Publisher names: Spell out publishing house. Do not use abbreviated style, e.g. Bluebook style. For books, make sure the full name is spelled out, e.g. Oxford University Press, not Oxford.
Formats: Here are the formats for various types of publications:
Book Title, (with Name of Co-Authors/Editors), Name of Publishing House, Year of Publication
Example: Saving the Neighborhood: Racially Restrictive Covenants, Law, and Social Norms, (with Carol M. Rose), Harvard University Press, 2013
“Chapter Title,” (with Name of Co-Authors/Editors), Book Title, Publishing House, Year of Publication
Example: “Racial Covenants and Housing Segregation, Yesterday and Today,” (with Carol M. Rose), Race and Real Estate, Oxford University Press, 2013
“Article Title,” (with Name of Co-Authors), Journal Title, Year of Publication
Example: “On and Off Contract Remedies Inducing Cooperative Investments,” (with Alexander Stremitzer), American Law & Economic Review, 2012
Op-eds and Other Articles
“Article Title,” (with Name of Co-Authors), Publication Title, Month, Date, and Year of Publication
Example: “Brexit Will Not Liberate The U.K. From The EU,” (with Jane Smith), The Huffington Post, June 23, 2016
Activities and Affiliations
Order: List activities and affiliations in reverse chronological order.
Format: List the activities and affiliations as follows: Title/Position, Name of Board/Committee/Organization, Name of Institution, YYYY–YYYY
Example: Member, Advisory Committee, Centre for European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge, 2006–2014
Honors and Awards
Order: List honors and awards in reverse chronological order.
Format: List the honors and awards as follows: Award Title, Institution Bestowing the Award/Honor, YYYY
Example: Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Columbia Law School, 2016
In the News
Content: This section can include news articles, op-eds, and related public relations-related materials.
Order: List items in the news in reverse chronological order.
Links: Links are OK, but the articles shouldn’t be behind a paywall and they should be active links.
Format: “Article Title,” Publication Title, Month, Date, and Year of Publication
Example: “GM Plans Share Buyback, Averting Proxy Fight,” The Wall Street Journal, March 8, 2015
Remarks and Testimony
Content: This section can include, presentations, papers, speeches, and testimony.
Order: List remarks and testimony in reverse chronological order.
Format: “Title,” delivered to the Name of Audience, Month, Date, and Year of Delivery
Example: “Tort Liability of Federal Public Officials,” delivered to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Operations, April 4, 1983
Order: List professional experience in reverse chronological order.
Format: Title, Institution, YYYY–YYYY
Example: Law clerk to Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court, 1999–2000