Graduate Theological Union

Professional Development

Doctoral Student Professional Development

Doctoral study at the Graduate Theological Union is a complex, enriching and challenging experience that has produced some of the most accomplished religious studies scholars in the world. The GTU’s consortial model and its relationship to the University of California, Berkeley give GTU students unparalleled access to religious studies and interdisciplinary scholarship.

Offered through GTU Student Affairs, 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. PDP offerings fall into three categories: Scholarship and Research, Teaching, and Career Development. Our workshops include one-on-one feedback and practice sessions, and cover topics including academic CVs, teaching portfolios, job interviews, dissertation planning and writing, journal publication, teaching, and networking.

Program Streams—Professional Development offerings fall into three program categories:

  • Scholarship and Research Skills - Workshops and other events which support the enhancement of doctoral-level research, writing, and presentation skills.

  • Teaching Skills - Workshops and other events which support the development of teaching experience and expertise among doctoral students.

  • Career Development - Workshops and other events which help doctoral students to successfully enter the religious studies and theology professions.

The Professional Development Program sends e-mails to all doctoral students announcing workshops and other related events. Workshops are open to all GTU doctoral students, students of GTU member schools and alumni. Limited space may be available for visitors. Registration is not required, and drop-in participation is welcome.