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 2014-15 Professional Development Program offerings are listed below. In general, workshops are open to all GTU doctoral students, students of GTU member schools and alumni -- email to RSVP. Limited space may be available for visitors. Registration is not required for most events, and drop-in participation is welcome.

Professional Development, Spring 2015
Feb. 4th Doctoral Council Orientation (10-12pm, Dinner Board Room)
Feb. 25th CV and Cover Letter Workshop (10-12pm, Student Lounge)
· lead by Dr. Bradley Burroughs
March 4 Writing Workshop 1: Content (10-12pm, Student Lounge)
· Workshop Facilitator TBA
March 18th Writing Workshop 2: Style (10-12pm, Student Lounge)
· Workshop Facilitator TBA
April 1st How to Craft a Syllabus Workshop (10-1pm, Student Lounge)
· lead by Dr. Judith Berling
April 8th Newhall Fellows Lunch and Sarlo Award Lecture (12-2pm, Dinner Board Room)
· Speaker: Dr. William O’Neill
April 29th Job Search Workshop (10-12pm Student Lounge)
· Workshop Facilitator TBA

May 6th Dissertation workshop (10-12pm, Student Lounge)
· lead by Dr. Barbara Green