How to write academic biography?
 By Krishna Kumar Saha   From Public Administration
How to write academic biography? Krishna Kumar Saha* Writing meaningful academic biographies can be as challenging as writing academic articles. It is usually between 50 words to 300 words but not more. It sounds very simple and easy since it is just a few words. But when you start writing a meaningful academic biography for yourself, then things can quickly go out of your hand. This is why here in this article, I’m sharing you some helpful tips for writing your very own meaningful academic biography. Usually, when you submit your research article, they might ask for your academic biography, or maybe you are planning to attend a national or international conference, they might also ask for it. Nevertheless, if you are into academic blog writing or you contribute to any blog sites, or you are writing an editorial or OP-ED piece for any newspaper there, you might want to add your academic biography to your profile. It gives a good impression about you to your reader. An academic biography is a brief accomplishment of your academic career. Then the question remains how brief it has to be? To answer the question, you need to look up the requirement. This means where you plan to submit your academic biography. If they have any requirement, then you have a clue, and if they don’t, then you should keep it between 100-150 words. Not more. Writing academic biographies is a skill, and you need to keep working on it to make this skill better, like any other skill. In an academic bio, you should mention your name, position, and institutional affiliation (department & university) in the first sentence. Then you should bring the research interest. It doesn’t matter what discipline are you in, and please mention three to six areas of interest. Then you come to your research and point out your current research project you are working on. Then you specifically mention what research question you are trying to answer with your research project. Then you go a bit dipper about your project, and that can be your hypothesis. Then you give a bit of the background of your research project so that people can understand where you are coming from. Besides, the readers can find a link between you and your research. Then you might want to add your contribution to the academic field by your current research. Then you might want to mention one or two important references and how you are lending from them. Later you can add the future direction of your research if you feel it is important or necessary. And finally, if you have funding for your research, don’t forget to mention that. Nevertheless, remember if they ask you to write a brief academic biography, then you better keep it brief and stay within your research interests. Of course, there certain things that we should not add to our academic biographies. For instance, - don’t bring any humorous or funny sentences in your academic biography. Remember to keep it professional, not write anything personal. Since this is an academic biography, don’t put a lot of information there. You don’t need to put your educational achievements (Bachelor or Masters) in there. You put that in your CV or Resume. Don’t use informal language or sign in the academic biography such as exclamation mark keep it formal. Some people prefer to write their academic biographies in the third person. But there is no hard and fast rule about it. I prefer it. But if the biography is a meaningful one, then it doesn’t matter if it is in the first person or third person. The tips mentioned above are just the best practices or standard, and there are many other standard practices which you can follow. Do you have any further suggestions? Don’t forget to share. *The writer is Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, Comilla University, Bangladesh. He can be reached at, krishna_du@yahoo.com