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.
Scholarship and Research Skills - enhancing doctoral-level research and writing.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All workshops will take place on Zoom.
Professional Development Workshops and Events, Fall 2021 Schedule
Academic Writing in English - Facilitated by Alyssa Moore
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
Comprehensive Exams Proposal - Facilitated by a Student Panel
Dissertation Proposal and Human Subjects Protocol - Facilitated by Drs. Chaitanya Motupalli and Wendy Arce
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)
How to apply for Felllowships and Grants?
Dec - Feb - No PDP workshops