For Current and Prospective Students: Services and Resources

All graduate academic units at the University of Chicago Divinity School share centralized career, professionalization and placement services. 

UChicagoGRAD provides an array of services, from resume and CV development, to interviewing and public communications skills, to networking with colleagues across campus and with alumni, GSA is committed to working with graduate students from all graduate degree programs as they prepare for and begin their professional careers, and also works to tailor events to the educational and professional focus of students in each unit.

The Dean of Students publishes a weekly electronic newsletter for all Divinity School students, highlighting the many professional and career development events scheduled at the Divinity School and within the University, as well as external opportunities for jobs, internships and fellowships, including:

  • Cover letter and CV workshop
  • "Mock" interviews for AAR conference interviews and practice job talks for on-campus interviews
  • Do's and Don'ts of interviewing - lunch workshop
  • Course/syllabus design workshop
  • Skills identification and translation of academic skills to various career options
  • Panel discussions with Divinity School alumni in a wide variety of careers
  • Field placement and community engagement for those preparing for public religious leadership and emergent forms of ministry
  • Public communications workshops 

Students may also make appointments with a Career Advisor assigned specifically to Divinity School students. The Divinity School's Career Advisor also holds regularly on-site drop-in hours in Swift Hall.

UChicagoGRAD and Divinity School Career Services events are scheduled throughout the academic year.

The Divinity School holds a series of workshops throughout the year designed to prepare students for a variety of career paths, from the academy to public religious leadership,  as well as professions in business, law, the public sector and non-profit organizations.  The Dean of Students coordinates these events, and works with other University areas, e.g., Graduate Student Affairs, to make available a diverse pool of resources to assist you in reaching your career goals.

The Dean of Students publishes a weekly email newsletter during the academic year, highlighting events, scholarship, internship and fellowships application deadlines, and job opportunities.  Please contact Dean of Students Teresa Hord Owens ( ) to learn more about the available resources.

  • CV and cover letter workshops

    • Learn how to best present your training and experience to position yourself as the best candidate for a position.

 

  • "Mock" AAR interviews and practice "job talks"

    • Hone your interviewing skills for conference interviews at the AAR/SBL meetings, with faculty from your own area of study engaging you in a practice interview.  Deliver your scholarly lecture before a group of faculty and students.  Feedback is provided on your presentation delivery as well as the construct of your argument.  Fellow students also learn by observing the process.

 

  • Skills Identification and alumni panels 

    • These sessions focus on learning how to translate skills learned in your academic preparation to careers outside the academy.  Sessions are held throughout the year for each degree program.  Alumni from across all degree programs are invited to share how they have leveraged their Divinity School degree in numerous fields of endeavor.

 

  • Fellowship application workshops

    • Learn how to prepare competitive applications  for external fellowships, including  Fulbright, ACLS-Mellon, Charlotte Newcombe, and other top fellowships.  

 

  • MDiv Field Education and Community Engagement

    • MDiv students become connected to the Hyde Park and wider Chicago communities during the first year of study.  Recent community experience has included the Cook County Jail and Chicago's Night Ministry.
    • Field education placements allow 2nd year MDiv students to spend a year in a faith community, working with and learning from faith leaders and practitioners in all aspects of religious community life from worship to community service and social justice.  
    • 3rd year MDiv students engage in either a second year of faith community field education, or choose another organization in the community for the required second field experience.  Your options are as varied as the City of Chicago and the wider Chicagoland metropolitan area---your interests determine where you can engage! Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a popular choice among those who must meet ordination requirements, or who plan to enter hospital or military chaplaincy.

 

  • Faculty advising

    • Every Dvinity School students has an academic advisor, available to consult about coursework, discuss research. and reflect on progress in the program.  The program directors of the MA and MDiv programs provide important counsel to assist students as they move through the program and determine their own career choices..  Across all four degree programs, (AMRS, MA, MDiv, PhD), the faculty of the Divinity School is there all along the way for advice and counsel.

Graduate Student Affairs (GSA) coordinates a wealth of support services for graduate students in all academic units of the University of Chicago.  Be sure to bookmark http://grad.uchicago.edu as an important resource, and read the e-newsletter, "Grad Guide Weekly", full of exciting events and programs.

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

GSA sponsors major career events including:

  • Master's students benefit from special programming aimed at exploring career options and making connections with alumni and other professionals in many fields of interest.  November is traditionally "Master's Month", featuring events and programs tailored to help master's students explore jobs and careers after graduation.

 

  • GradUCon is the University of Chicago's annual career conference for graduate students. The event features a full day of distinguished guest speakers, workshops, panel discussions, and informal networking sessions.  UChicago alumni are invited to share their experiences and answer questions from current students. 

 

  • "Teaching At..."  conference:  The "Teaching At..." conference is an annual event held in Spring Quarter.  The conference features UChicago alumni faculty from various categories of institutions who discuss what it takes to get hired and succeed at those institutions.  
  • Dissertation Writing Skills:  Dissertation Write-In programs are designed to jumpstart students' writing at various stages of the dissertation project including the proposal.  The Dissertation as Process series offers year-round sessions that help students successfully manage crucial tasks within the dissertation project. 

 

  • Summer Boot Camps:  Master's and doctoral students can engage in a series of week-long events from workshops on preparing for a career in consulting, to dissertation "write-ins" and workshops about the academic job market sponsored by the Chicago Center for Teaching.  

 

  • Chicago Center for Teaching - In addition to departmental programs such as the Divinity School's Craft of Teaching, The Center for Teaching and Learning is the most important resource on campus for programming relating to teaching and the art of pedagogy. The Center puts on regular programs for graduate students, including the annual Workshop on Teaching in the College, the Preparing Future Faculty Series, Creating Assignments, Using Technology in the Classroom, and many more. A full list of programs is available at the Center's website.  Divinity School students who receive the Certificate of Teaching in the Craft of Teaching program may use the certificate towards the requirements for the Center for Teaching's own Teaching Certificate.

 

 

FELLOWSHIP DATBASE

GSA maintains an extensive database of external fellowships, which may be searched by area of interest and academic discipline.  In addition to your academic advisor, GSA staff can provide assistance with editing fellowship applications and grant proposals.

CHICAGO CAREER CONNECTION

Students and alumni can log into your Chicago Career Connection account to view internships, job postings and the most up-to-date Careeer Advancement calendar of events.

 

ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT

The University of Chicago regularly engages alumni as resources for current students.  In the Divinity School, the Dean's quarterly Craft of Teaching Seminar invites master teachers to return and share their pedagogical experiences in the academic study of religion.  Divinity School alumni who are pursuing non-academic careers participate in the quarterly Skills Identification and Alumni Panels, held for all degree programs.  Events such as GradUCon and the "Teaching At..." Conferences (see the GSA tab on this page), also feature alumni participants.

Our alumni are teaching in a variety of private and public institutions, including research universities, liberal arts colleges, and seminaries and theological schools, including:

  • Harvard University
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Princeton University
  • Wellesley College
  • Indiana University 
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Notre Dama University
  • Miam University of Ohio
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • University of Southern California
  • Virginia Tech University
  • McCormick Theological Seminary
  • Christian Theological Seminary
  • Lutheran School of Theological
  • Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Whitman College
  • University of Oregon
  • Williams College
  • University of Colorado
  • Central Michigan University
  • Coe College
  • Wake Forest Divinity School
  • Concordia College
  • Marist College
  • Duke University
  • Denison University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Texas Christian University
  • Carleton College
  • St, Olaf College
  • Emory University - Candler School of Theology
  • United States Naval Academy
  • Eureka College
  • DePaul University

CHICAGO COMMONS PROJECT

The Chicago Commons Project seeks to expand the capacity and extend the reach of promising young clergy, cultivating resilience, stamina and wisdom for the challenging work of religious leadership. The program will identify talented area clergy at a pivotal early stage in their careers, gathering them into ecumenically, theologically and racially diverse cohorts that will engage in significant conversations with influential civic leaders from across the spectrum of public life and the arts.   For more information,  contact Rev. Cynthia Lindner, Director of Ministry Studies and Clinical Professor for Preaching and Pastoral Care at the Divinity School,  .

Divinity School PhD students are required to complete teaching assignments as part of the degree program, providing important pedagogical and professional formation.  In addition to teaching opportunities in the College at the University of Chicago, there are a wide range of institutions at which our current PhD students engage in teaching:

 

Loyola University

DePaul University

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

University of Chicago - Urbana/Champaign

Northwestern University

Saint Xavier University

North Park University

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Benedictine University

Dominican University

Catholic Theological Union

Lutheran School of Theology - Chicago

Meadville Lombard Theological School

McCormick Theological Seminary

Chicago Theological Seminary

The Spertus Institute

 

Wright College

Wheaton College

Lake Forest College

The Graham School of Continuing Studies