The University of Chicago Divinity School, along with the resources of the University of Chicago, are at your disposal as you plan for your future. We hold events throughout the year designed to prepare you for the next step in your professional career.
Career Services events and resources are designed to help you discern your interests and talents, and work with you to map a path toward your future career. From careers in the academy to public policy, from secondary school teaching, non-profit management, law, business – take time to consider what you want to do and how you will get there. The journey begins now – step by step.
The Dean of Students publishes a weekly newsletter for Divinity School students, filled with information on employment opportunities, fellowships, professionalization events, as well as key events sponsored by UChicagoGrad and other units throughout the University.
Mock interviews and job talks can be scheduled with the Dean of Students. You will benefit from feedback from faculty as well as the student audience.
The Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion, the Divinity School's unique pedagogical curriculum, offers a year-round program of seminars and workshops, sustaining a vigorous conversation on religious studies pedagogy both within and across all the Divinity School.
In the Field: Alumni Faculty of Color Panel
Monday, April 24, 6:00-8:00pm, Center for Identity + Inclusion, 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Connect with UChicago alumni as they share stories, experiences, and advice on work and life post-graduation, as part of our ongoing series of programs for graduate/professional students of color. Alumni Panelists: Karin Wimbley (Assistant Professor of English, DePauw University), Perla Gamez (Assistant Professor of Psychology, Loyola University Chicago), Phyllis West (University Lecturer Senior Status, Governors State University), and Regina Dixon-Reeves (Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Chicago). Dinner will be provided. Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), UChicagoGRAD, and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC).
Tuesday, April 25th, 12:00-1:20 UChicagoGRAD Suite, Bookstore Building (3rd floor)
Tuesday, April 25 at 12:30pm, UChicagoGRAD Headquarters (3rd Floor of the Bookstore), Fellowships Suite
Upcoming PATHS Events
Wednesday, April 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m., GRAD HQ (3rd Floor of the UChicago Bookstore)
What are your beliefs about the ethics of work? What kinds of work are worth doing? What duties do you have as a worker, and to whom? Does pursuing a job outside of the academy feel like failure? Join PATHS and UChicago alum Neil Chudgar for a conversation about ethics and career exploration. Chudgar makes his living as a communications consultant, a career he launched after leaving a tenure-track job at Macalester College. Attendees will learn about Chudgar's unusual career and leave with practical tools for thinking more broadly about the kinds of work they can do in the world. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > Workshops).
Introduction to Digital Texts, Data Sources, and Analytics (Digital Literacy for Humanists Series)
Thursday, April 27, 12:30-1:45 p.m., GRAD HQ (3rd Floor of the UChicago Bookstore)
The explosion of digital resources has provided new methods for researching enduring scholarly questions. This PATHS workshop, led by the RCC’s Dr. Jeffrey Tharsen, shows you how to identify and harness digital data sources that you can use to answer questions in your field. The workshop will also provide a general overview of current models for analyzing digital information, from social media streams to textual corpora to images and video. You will leave with a better understanding of the range of data types, data formats, and analytical models available for humanistic research. Digital novices are welcome; no pre-existing technical knowledge is required. Please bring a laptop to the session. RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (Events > Workshops).
Research Symposium Call for Papers: Transcending Boundaries: Research and Scholarship in an Uncertain Era
May 19, 2017, 9am-5pm, School for Social Work Administration
UChicagoGRAD and the School of Social Service Administration invites you to participate in an inaugural interdisciplinary research symposium for underrepresented minority graduate students to be held on Friday, May 19, 2017. This conference is designed to highlight the work of underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students and postdoctoral scholars including all intersectional identities within the URM community at the University of Chicago. The theme of the symposium “Transcending Boundaries: Research and Scholarship in an Uncertain Era” encourages scholars to reflect on our current political and social climate and how that might affect our research and scholarship in the present as well as the years to come. We welcome scholarly proposals from all disciplines, time periods, regions, and locales. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars of color at the intersections of all identities from all divisions are encouraged to apply. Submit a proposal here: http://bit.ly/2kvhjrW
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
The University has purchased an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. The membership provides faculty, postdocs, and graduate students with access to hundreds of resources designed to support their success in their academic careers. Anyone with a university email address is eligible for membership. To register, simply visit the website at the following link and choose “Institutional Sub-Account” as your membership type: https://facultydiversity.site-ym.com/general/pick_username.asp.
Graduate students and postdocs can become NCFDD members by claiming institutional membership online with the University of Chicago via the following link: https://facultydiversity.site-ym.com/page/registration.
These or similar events are held throughout the academic year.
- Syllabus Workshop
- Learn how to design college courses in religious studies, using your own course design for the workshop.
- PhD Skills Identification and Alumni Panel
- Learn how to translate your PhD education into many non-academic professions. Share with PhD alumni who are successfully pursuing careers beyond the academy.
- "Mock" AAR interviews
- Have a conference interview scheduled at the AAR/SBL? Practice your interviewing skills with a faculty panel, and learn as you watch fellow students in their own mock interviews.
- Divinity School Career Night
- Learn how your Divinity School education can translate to a number of career opportunities. Ask questions of Divinity School alumni who are pursuing a wide range of professions. Open to students in all degree programs.
- MDiv Skills Identification and Alumni panel
- Learn how your MDiv education and skills can be leveraged toward a variety of professions, including emergent forms of ministry. Hear from MDvi alumni who are pursuing careers in ministry, non-profit management, social justice and many other fields.
- PhD Practice Job Talks
- PhD students deliver their lectures in preparation for on-campus interviews before a group of faculty and students. The format is intentionally structured according to the anticipated campus visit. The lecturers will receive feedback on their lecture content, delivery, handouts/slides, and their handling of questions and discussion.