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Instructor bios: best practices
Instructor bios: best practices

Tips for writing an informative short bio to convey your professional credentials and your qualifications to lead your course or project.

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Written by Jess Ahmet
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Sell your expertise

Your instructor bio is attached to every course or project you create. They’re how you’ll make your first impression on any DataCamp learner interested in taking your course or project, and how you’ll build trust with learners who opt to take your content. For this reason, you’ll need to succinctly showcase how and why you are reputable on the topic you’ve chosen.

Style recommendations

To keep instructor bios consistent, we recommend the following guidelines:

  1. Keep it to 40-80 words.

  2. Write in the third person.

  3. Your tone should be professional and style should be in line with DataCamp’s style guide.

  4. Feel free to inject some personality into the bio! Many of our learners want to get a sense of who their instructors are.

Include up-to-date, relevant information

Make sure you include your relevant professional and academic experience on the subject you have chosen, including academic degrees and current and previous professional roles that you’re open to sharing. 

Include qualitative and quantitative impact where you can

How has your expertise influenced bottom-line results at work? What is the scope of your data responsibilities? What awards have you won and which packages have you contributed to? What are some of your notable projects?


  • Katharine Jarmul describes how the company she founded and her professional experience position her as an expert in Python, including some examples of past projects.

  • Chester Ismay includes his current and previous professional and teaching credentials. He lists packages and publications he’s co-authored.

  • Tyler Pernes immediately makes clear his excitement for data and teaching. He creates a narrative on his data fluency journey and establishes his credentials in leading two teams.

  • Charlotte Werger describes how her background helped her address the business problems that led her to her current role. She also mentions relevant teaching and mentoring experience.

  • Justin Bois showcases his Python teaching cred and conveys excitement about his mission.

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