Graduate Theological Union

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.

The 2016-2017 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, Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Schedule
September 7th | 10am | Dinner Board Room
Orientation to Doc Council and Dissertation Proposal, with Kathleen Kook, Dean of Students and VP Student Affairs.
September 14th | 10am | Student Lounge
Annual Student Teaching Lunch, with Amanda Kaminski, Ph.D. Candidate.
September 21st | 10am | Student Lounge
The Importance of Designing and Developing Effective Syllabi, with Judith Berling, Interim Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs (August-December, 2016), Professor of Chinese and Comparative Religions.

October 5th | 1pm | Student Lounge
Navigating Conferences: Presentations, Stage Presence, and the Importance of Networking, with Kathryn Barush, Assistant Professor of Art History and Religion, GTU/JST; Chris Ocker, Professor of Church History, SFTS; Eugene Park, Dana and Dave Dornsife Professor of New Testament, SFTS.

October 19th | 10am | Student Lounge
Writing Successful CV and Cover Letters, Jennifer Davidson, Associate Professor of Theology and Worship and Director of Chapel, ABSW; Filipe Maia, Assistant Professor of United Methodist Studies and Leadership, PSR.
November 9th | 10am | Student Lounge
Excellence in Academic Writing—How to Get Articles Published in Peer-reviewed Journals, Devin Zuber, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Religion, and Literature, GTU/CSS; Lisa Fullam, Associate Professor of Moral Theology, JST; Colette Walker, Ph.D. Student, GTU.
February 1st | 10am | Student Lounge
Spring Orientation to Dissertation Proposal and Doc Council.
February 8th | 10am | Student Lounge
Writing Conference Proposals and Abstracts, Rita Sherma, Director of the Center for Dharma Studies, Associate Professor of Dharma Studies, GTU/CDS.
February 15th | 10am | Student Lounge
Grant Writing and Fellowship Proposals, Elizabeth Peña, Executive Director of CARe and Doug Adams Gallery.
March 8th | 10am | Student Lounge
Comprehensive Exams Student Panel.
March 15th | 10am | Student Lounge
Dissertation Workshop Panel.
April 5th | 10am | Student Lounge
Are You Ready for the Job Search? Useful Guidelines and Current Challenges, with Uriah Kim, Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Deena Aranoff, Director of Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, Senior Lecturer in Medieval Jewish Studies.
April 12th | 10am | Dinner Board Room
Sarlo Teaching Lecture and Newhall Fellows Lunch, with Barbara Green, Professor of Biblical Studies, DSPT.
April 19th | 10am | Student Lounge
Beyond Tenure Track—A Conversation with GTU Alumni