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.
This calendar year, the workshops offered by the PDP are aimed at preparing students for the job market and also for the rigourous academic training at the GTU. The focus of the workshops in spring 2020 will be on preparing students for the job market, especially jobs in academia. In the fall of 2020, the focus will be on helping students navigate through the doctoral program. In that sense, the workshops in the fall may be considered as internally focused, just as the workshops in the spring may be considered as externally focused. Even though the workshops are primarily aimed at the doctoral students, masters students are also welcome to join. Also, workshops are open to students of GTU member schools and alumni, in addition to all GTU doctoral students. 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 in the Student Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, from 10 to 11 am (except the workshop on April 29, which is restricted to Newhall Fellowship recipients).
Professional Development Workshops and Events, 2020 Schedule
CV/Cover Letter writing, facilitated by Dr. Sam Shankoff
Crafting an Effective Teaching Philosophy, facilitated by Dr. Arthur Holder
Diversity Statement, facilitated by Dr. Ruth Meyers
Writing Conference Proposals and Abstracts, facilitated by Dr. Kathryn Barush
Developing Syllabus and Course Designing, facilitated by Dr. Judith Berling
Are you ready for the job search? facilitated by Dr. James Nati
April 29 | GTU Dinner Board Room - Postponed to Fall 2020
A Session with the GTU Excellence in Teaching Awardee, Dr. Arthur Holder, and the 2019-2020 Newhall Fellows
May-Aug - No PDP workshops
September 9 (Only for International Students)
Writing in English, facilitated by Dr. Chaitanya Motupalli
Orientation to Doc Council, faciliated by Drs. Wendy Arce and Chaitanya Motupalli
Excellence in Academic Writing, facilitated by Dr. Devin Zuber
Comprehensive Exams Proposal, facilitated by a Student Panel
Dissertation Writing and Human Subjects Protocol, facilitated by Drs. Rebecca Esterson and Wendy Arce
How to prepare conference presentations? facilitated by Dr. Rita Sherma
Importance of Networking, facilitated by Elizabeth Peña
How to Teach an Introductory Course? facilitated by Dr. Diandra Erickson
GTU AAR/SBL 2019 Presentations