Professional Development

Doctoral Student Professional Development

The Professional Development Program (PDP) 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. 

Generally, 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 workshops offered during the spring 2023 term will focus on preparing for the job market. The workshops cover various aspects of the application involved when applying for teaching or non-teaching jobs. The workshops are primarily aimed at the GTU doctoral students but all students from the GTU consortium are welcome to join as well.

Unless otherwise stated, all workshops will take place on Zoom from 10 to 11 am. 

Use this Zoom link to join:

To RSVP, email Daniel Aucutt, Senior Director of Student Success, at

Professional Development Workshops and Events, Spring 2024 Schedule

February 7
Beyond Facebook & Instagram: Social Media Presence - Zoom Facilitated by Victoria Price

February 21
Writing a Successful Conference Proposal - Zoom Facilitated by Emily Pothast

March 13
How to Write a Teaching Philosophy? - Zoom Facilitated by Dr. Diandra Erickson

April 3
Prepping & Publishing a Spiritual Memoir - Zoom Facilitated by Dr. Josefina Card

April 24
Newhall Fellows' Gathering - Event Facilitated by Dr. Diandra Erickson - 4 pm

May 15
Noon Luncheon with a Distinguished Individual Dinner Board Room - Dr. Ted Peters

PDP workshops for the fall  term will resume in September

GTU AAR/SBL 2024 Presentations

Our students, faculty, and alumni are presenting at various sessions at the AAR/SBL. Please check out this spreadsheet to learn more.