Certain colleges and universities have brief biographies or curriculum vitae information of faculty members and instructors. You can access this information through the school's faculty directory, as in the cases of Catholic University of America or Lehigh University. Some well-known professors also have their own websites.
Catholic University of America's faculty directory lists members according to departments. As an example, the Department of Library and Information Science lists full-time faculty member names, department positions, contact information and courses taught. Each instructor also has a link to a curriculum vitae detailing educational, professional and publishing history. This is especially valuable if you are seeking a thesis or dissertation adviser. Lehigh University has similar faculty information for its Department of Biological Sciences, and faculty lists are available for other departments at both universities.
Some professors, especially those with higher name recognition or an extensive publishing history, have their own websites to promote their research. Examples include former Harvard Professor of Economics Kenneth Rogoff and Professor of Public Policy Daniel M. Kammen of the University of Berkeley. These websites are good sources of information on professors' areas of research interest and publications, and may also include a speaking engagement calendar, media coverage and interviews.