Professional Development

Doctoral Student Professional Development

The Professional Development Program helps doctoral students develop academic and non-academic skills that contribute to professional success. The PDP offers workshops throughout the year, a regular newsletter, and online resources that prepare students to be leaders in communities and the academy.   Our workshops include one-on-one feedback and cover topics including academic CVs and cover letters, writing and editing, conference proposals and abstracts, job interviews, dissertation planning and writing, stage presence and public speaking, and teaching in-class and online. 

Professional Development offerings fall into three program categories: Scholarship and Research, Teaching, and Career Development.  Click on the links below to find helpful articles and resources that provide information for developing skills in each of these categories.   

  • Teaching Skills -  developing teaching experience and presentation skills.  

  • Career Development - successfully entering the religious studies and theology professions.

The 2017-2018 Professional Development Program offerings are listed below. In general, workshops are open to all GTU doctoral students, students of GTU member schools and alumni. To RSVP, email Yohana Junker, the Professional Development Program Coordinator,


Professional Development Workshops and Events, Fall 2017/2018 Schedules

September 5th | 11 am | Student Lounge
Orientation to Doc Council and Dissertation Proposal, with Kathleen Kook and Levi Checketts.
September 11th | 11 am | Student Lounge
Comprehensive Exam Panel, with Jay Johnson and Peter Park. 
September 19th | 11 am | Student Lounge
Dissertation Workshop, with Shauna Hannan, Gina Hens-Piazza, and Jennifer Owens.
October 3rd | 11 am | Student Lounge 
Scholarship Resources: A Workshop for Doctoral Students, with Denise Morita and Sheryl Johnson.
October 12th | 12 pm | Student Lounge
The Job Search—Mock Interviews, with Kirsi Stjerna and LeAnn Flesher.
October 17th | 11 am | Student Lounge
Dissertation Writing Process—From dissertation to Book, with Arthur Holder and Naomi Seidman.
November 7th | 11 am | Collaborative Learning Space
Effective Presentations at Professional Conferences—Dry Runs, with Ruth Meyers and other invited faculty.
November 14th | 11 am | Student Lounge
Careers in Libraries, with Clay-Edward Dixon, Naw San Dee KD, and Beth Kumar.
February 7th | 11 am | Student Lounge
Spring Orientation to Dissertation Proposal and Doc Council, with Kathleen Kook.
February 21st | 11 am | Student Lounge
Annual Teaching Lunch: “Balancing Subject Matter Expertise and Breadth When Assigned to Teach a General Course,” with Michelle Mueller, Ph.D.
February 28th | 11 am | Student Lounge
Strategies for Writing, Jennifer Owens-Jofré, Ph.D. Candidate.
March 7th | 11 am | Student Lounge
Excellence in Teaching—Senior Faculty Lecture, with Cynthia Moe-Lobeda.
March 21st | 11 am | Student Lounge
Contexts and Skills for Teaching, with Judith Berling.
April 4th | 11 am | Student Lounge
Excellence in Academic Writing, with Jean-François Racine and Eduardo Fernández.
April 11th | 11 am | Student Lounge
Exploring Job-Positions Beyond Tenure Track, with Wendy Arce, Beth Kumar, Lisa Webster, and Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero.