Faculty Website Biography Style Guide

The goal is to standardize information so that each biography is organized consistently and reads similarly. The University of San Diego uses Associated Press (AP) Style Guidelines for all of its websites.

There are five main sections of the faculty bio. Not every section needs to be completed, but it is advised to complete at least three sections. The "Header" section is required.

Header

  • Name: Full name of professor.
  • Title: Named Professorship, Professor of Law Emeritus, Professor of Law, Associate Professor of Law, Professor-in-Residence, Visiting Professor of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, Lawyering Skills Instructor.
  • Degrees: degree abbreviation without periods, chronological, newest atop: year, university name.

When referring to the professor after the initial listing of his or her name, use “Professor Lastname” on first reference and the last name only OR the pronoun thereafter.

Areas of Expertise

  • Professor Lastname teaches and writes in the areas of … Her/his current research focuses on …” Current research is optional.

Professional Experience

  • Experience outside of academia starting with clerkships and then legal practice. If none, then faculty appointments at other schools. Unless listed as an adjunct professors, end with “S/he joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1975.”

Honors and Professional Affiliations

  • Academic honors, law review editorships, USD honors, and association honors. Affiliations with on-campus centers and/or institutes.

Key Works

  • List of books, books chapters, academic journal articles and popular media that the professor has published. Preferably the most recent works. See style outline below. Ideally, we want three to five works with a maximum of seven. For our more prolific faculty, a hyperlink to an updated CV document (PDF) is an option.
    • Books
      • Book Title, 3rd Ed. (with co-author[s]) (editor[s], ed[s].) (publisher, year).
        • Only the title is italicized. Volumes and editions are not.
        • Use only last name[s] for co-author[s] and editor[s].
        • If the book is forthcoming, include the word before the year: (publisher, forthcoming year).
    • Chapters of Books or Articles Within Books
      • “Chapter/Article Title” in Book Title, 3rd Ed. (with co-author[s]) (editor[s], ed[s].) (publisher, year).
        • Only the title is italicized. Volumes and editions are not.
        • Use only last name[s] for co-author[s] and editor[s].
        • If the book is forthcoming, include the word before the year: (publisher, forthcoming year).
    • Journal Articles
      • “Article Title” in 20 Journal Title 145 (with co-author[s]) (year).
        • The ‘20’ is the volume; the ‘145’ is the page number. Only the actual title is italicized. The volume and page number are not.
        • Use only last name[s] for co-author[s].
        • If the article is forthcoming, include the word before the year: (forthcoming year).
    • Other Print and Electronic Media
      • “Article Title” in Print Media Name (with co-author[s]) (month day, year).
        • Use only last name[s] for co-author[s].
        • “Article Title” in Blog Name (with co-author[s]) (month day, year).
        • Use only last name[s] for co-author[s] and editor[s].

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