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.

This year, GTU’s Professional Development Program (PDP) is partnering up with the GTU Library and the Digital Learning Series to offer an array of programs, workshops, and resources throughout the academic year, most of which will also be available through The 2018-2019 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, 2018/2019 Schedule

September 12th | 11am | Student Lounge
Orientation to Doc Council, with Kathleen Kook

September 26th | 2:30pm | Online via Zoom
Doing Library Research from a Distance, with Beth Kumar

October 1st 2:30pm | October 2nd 10am | Collaborative Learning Space—GTU Library (CLS)  
Bridging the Research Gap, with Beth Kumar

October 10th | 2:30pm | CLS
Doing Library Research from a Distance, with Beth Kumar

October 16th | 10am | CLS
Effective Presentations at Professional Conferences, with Beth Kumar 

November 7th | 2:30pm | CLS
How to Teach an Intro Course, with Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero

November 14th | 2:30pm | CLS
How to Team Teach, with Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero

February 6th | 11am | Student Lounge
Proposing Comprehensive Exams, with Kathleen Kook

February 13th | 2:30pm | CLS
Teaching Portfolio: CVs and Cover Letters, with Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero

February 27th | 2:30pm | CLS
Teaching Portfolio: Teaching Philosophy and Sample Syllabi, with Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero

March 6th | 11am | Collaborative Learning Space
Careers in Libraries, with Beth Kumar and Naw San Dee KD

March 13th | 11am | Collaborative Learning Space
Dissertation Writing Workshop

April 3rd | 11am | Student Lounge
Annual Teaching Lecture with Dr. Racine

April 3rd | 2:30pm | CLS
Balancing Teaching and Scholarship, with Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero

April 10th | 11am | Student Lounge
Teaching Theology and Religion Today, with Deena Aranoff
April 17th | 11am | Student Lounge
Scholarship Resources: A Workshop for Doctoral Students, with Denise Morita 


GTU AAR/SBL 2018 Presentations