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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.

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,

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

February 5
CV/Cover Letter writing, facilitated by Dr. Sam Shankoff

February 19
Crafting an Effective Teaching Philosophy, facilitated by Dr. Arthur Holder

March 4
Diversity Statement, facilitated by Dr. Ruth Meyers

March 18
Writing Conference Proposals and Abstracts, facilitated by Dr. Kathryn Barush

April 1
Developing Syllabus and Course Designing, facilitated by Dr. Judith Berling

April 15
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
September 16
Orientation to Doc Council, faciliated by Drs. Wendy Arce and Chaitanya Motupalli

September 30
Excellence in Academic Writing, facilitated by Dr. Devin Zuber

October 7
Comprehensive Exams Proposal, facilitated by a Student Panel

October 21
Dissertation Writing and Human Subjects Protocol, facilitated by Drs. Rebecca Esterson and Wendy Arce

November 4
How to prepare conference presentations? facilitated by Dr. Rita Sherma

November 18
Importance of Networking, facilitated by Elizabeth Peña

December 2
How to Teach an Introductory Course? facilitated by Dr. Diandra Erickson


PDP Newsletter

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020


GTU AAR/SBL 2019 Presentations