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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, Spring 2021 Schedule

February 3
How to Teach an Introductory Course Online? Facilitated by Dr. Diandra Erickson

February 17
On Liberative and Contemplative Pedagogies. Pre-recorded session by Dr. Jennifer Davidson

March 3
How to Teach Issues of Racial Justice? Facilitated by Dr. Randall Miller

March 17
Are you Ready for an Academic Job Search? Facilitated by Dr. Henry Kuo

April 7
Teaching Experiences - A Conversation with GTU Alum: Drs. Beth Ritter-Con (Belmont University), Dustyn Ragasa (Chaminade University), and Khalia Williams (Candler School of Theology, Emory University)

April 21 
A Conversation with the GTU Excellence in Teaching Awardees: Drs. Arthur Holder and Rebecca Esterson 

May-Aug - No PDP workshops

GTU AAR/SBL 2020 Presentations