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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 2021 semester will focus on teaching. As such, the workshops cover various aspects of teaching, including conversations with alumni and the GTU Excellence in Teaching awardees. The workshops are primarily aimed at the GTU doctoral students but all students from the GTU consortium are welcome to join as well. 

To RSVP for any of the following workshops, email Chaitanya "Chai" Motupalli, Director of Student Life,

All workshops will take place on Zoom. 

Professional Development Workshops and Events, Fall 2021 Schedule

September 8
Academic Writing in English - Facilitated by Alyssa Moore

September 15
Orientation to the Doctoral Council - Facilitated by Dr. Thomas Cattoi and Mark Guevarra

September 29 (11 am - Noon)
Excellence in Academic Writing - Facilitated by Dr. Ted Peters

October 6
Comprehensive Exams Proposal - Facilitated by a Student Panel

October 20
Dissertation Proposal and Human Subjects Protocol - Facilitated by Drs. Chaitanya Motupalli and Wendy Arce

November 3
How to Prepare Conference Presentations? - Facilitated by Dr. Kathryn Barush

November 17 (10:30 - 11:30 am)
Jobs in the Academy and Beyond - A Conversation with GTU Alum: Drs. Alyssa Nickell (Shanti Project), Bill Zangeneh-Lester (American River College), and Henry Kuo (Greensboro College)

December 1
How to apply for Felllowships and Grants?

Dec - Feb - No PDP workshops

GTU AAR/SBL 2020 Presentations