• Nadine Pence (PhD‘92), Eugene Gallagher (PhD'80, History of Religions), and Dean Margaret M. Mitchell at "From Here to There: The Transition to the First Years of Teaching", Spring 2013

Craft of Teaching Requirements

Craft of Teaching Certificate

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Divinity School doctoral students who successfully meet the minimum requirements of the Craft of Teaching will:

  • Receive the Divinity School's Certificate in the Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion, serving as evidence of their interest in and preparedness for teaching in the area of religion.  This certification can be listed on application materials for employment and will be officially noted on graduates' university transcripts.  To receive the Divinity School's Craft of Teaching certification, all requirements of the Craft of Teaching must be completed within a five-year period

  • Fulfill the departmental pedagogy requirement for the Center for Teaching and Learning's (CTLCertificate in University Teaching.  Please note that those who also wish to apply the Divinity School's Craft of Teaching program toward their CTL university-wide certification must complete all the requirements of the Craft of Teaching within a two-year period.
Certification Requirements

Successful completion of the program consists of the following (within a five year period; two years, if applying toward the CTL's certificate):

  • Attendance at the Center for Teaching and Learning's Workshop on Teaching in the College and the submission of a workshop journal.  All attendees who would like to pursue the Divinity School's Craft of Teaching certification must submit a conference journal to the Center for Teaching and Learning.  This journal is required both for the Divinity School's Craft of Teaching program and for the CTL's teaching certification.  Additional details for completing the journal requirement can be found here.

  • Attendance at three of the Dean's Quarterly Craft of Teaching Seminars

  • Participation in one of the annual Divinity School Syllabus Workshops

  • Participation in at least seven additional programs of your choosing.  These programs may be selected from those listed on the Craft of Teaching events schedule (unless otherwise noted as not-for-credit).  Note that these will sometimes include select programs offered outside the Divinity School but endorsed by the Craft of Teaching (i.e., listed on our schedule).

Tracking Your Progress

In order to track individual completion of the program requirements, participants must remember to sign in at all Craft of Teaching events.

For your convenience, you may also wish to download the printable tracking sheet as a personal log of your own progress.  Please note that this form does not constitute your official attendance record; participants must still sign-in at Craft of Teaching events to receive credit for attending.

Feel free to contact Brandon Cline, the Craft of Teaching Program Coordinator, to inquire about your attendance records.

CTL's Certificate in University Teaching

What is the relationship between the Center for Teaching and Learning's (CTL) Certificate in University Teaching and the Divinity School's Certificate in the Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion?  The CTL's Certificate in University Teaching is open to all University of Chicago graduate students and represents completion of a university-wide, comprehensive program in effective college teaching.  The Certificate in the Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion is specifically designed for Divinity School PhD students to demonstrate competency in the teaching of religious studies.  The two certificate programs are independent but complementary, and we strongly encourage Divinity School students to pursue the CTL's Certificate in University Teaching to develop and to demonstrate further competency in core pedagogical concepts and skills.  While the completion of the CTL's Certificate in University Teaching is not required for the Certificate in the Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion, Divinity School students seeking the CTL's Certificate in University Teaching must complete the Certificate in the Craft of Teaching to fulfill the departmental requirement of CTL's certification.  See the CTL's website for additional information about its Certificate in University Teaching.