Stay tuned for exciting events throughout the year, designed to prepare you for the next step in your professional career.  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. 

The Dean of Students publishes a weekly newsletter, filled with information on employment opportunities, fellowships, professionalization events, as well as key events sponsored by UChicagoGrad and other units throughout the University.  

It's never too early to start planning your future!

The Career Services events and resources of the Divinity School and UChicagoGrad 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.

For Craft of Teaching Events, click here.

Diverse Careers in Publishing

Wednesday, May 25, 12:00 PM, Seminary Co-Op Bookstore

The process of guiding a manuscript into print—and into a reader’s hands—involves many specialized roles. Join UChicagoGRAD for a conversation with an author, editor, publicist, and bookseller on how they each took an abiding interest in book culture, along with strong reading and writing skills, and put them to work in the publishing industry. REGISTER HERE | Questions? Ask AJ Aronstein (

Careers in Teaching Writing

Wednesday, May 25, 4:30PM, Harper 140

Join The Writing Program and UChicagoGRAD for a conversation about careers in teaching writing. Hear from diverse teachers, lecturers, and instructors of writing talk about how training in writing pedagogy has helped enhance their academic and professional careers. Panelists will speak about their experiences with teaching writing both inside the academy and in other professional and community contexts. Panelists include

Kelly King-O’Brien: Associate Director for Writing in the Majors, Cornell University, Knight Institute; former WP assistant director and writing intern

Hank Sartin, Journalist, editor, teacher of writing, writing advisor (for MAPH), department admin (for CMES), and former WP trainee/ and lector

Millie Rey, Writing coach, editor, writing consultant, WP trainee, lector

The focus of the discussions will be based on your questions.  To submit questions for the panelists, please submit them to prior to Friday, May 20.

 REGISTER HERE | Questions? Ask AJ Aronstein (


Round-Table Speed Mentoring

Wednesday, May 25, 5:30-8pm, Gordon Center 3rd floor Atrium

Take advantage of the wisdom and guidance of our esteemed community members!

Registration is first-come, first-served and only 24 seats are available. Join 10 mentors and 23 other trainees for a speed-mentoring round-table event. You'll spend 30 minutes at 3 different themed tables and have the opportunity to ask informal questions and get invaluable advice from faculty and professional development professionals. The event will conclude with a networking dinner. REGISTER HERE






Past Events

Seminar on Teaching Portfolios  

Friday, January 22nd, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM | CCT Classroom, Wieboldt 310D/E
 Registration Required

Assembling a Teaching Portfolio allows graduate students to think, talk and write about teaching with precision and sophistication. In developing a teaching portfolio, graduate students sharpen their ability to critically analyze their teaching successes and practice presenting themselves as knowledgeable, confident and reflective classroom instructors to hiring committees. This seminar describes and evaluates potential components of the teaching portfolio and involves participants in critical exercises around the construction of the portfolio. Participants will think through different ways to present these materials, both on paper and online, and will workshop these materials during the follow up Workshop on Teaching Portfolios. Objectives for Event: Discussions on creating a teaching portfolio Audience for Event: PhD students, Post docs. 



Preparing Future Faculty Luncheon

Interested in a career at a liberal arts college? Advanced Graduate Students & Post-Docs from all disciplines are invited to join us for the second Preparing Future Faculty Luncheon of the 2015-2016 Academic Year.

Thursday, January 21, 12:15-1:30PM

Franke Institute for the Humanities (at the Regenstein) 

During these luncheons, students are given the opportunity to speak in very small groups with visiting faculty from liberal arts colleges across the Midwest about their careers.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the responsibilities, expectations, and culture of life at liberal arts colleges, all in a relaxed setting with lunch provided.

Students from all departments and schools are invited to attend.


Islamic Studies Career Workshop 

This 60 minute presentation and Q/A session will introduce students in the Islamic Studies workshop to trends in academic, government, nonprofit, and corporate job markets. We’ll discuss resources available to doctoral and master’s students through Graduate Student Affairs; offer comments on how to articulate graduate student skills for diverse careers; and answer your questions about how to take next steps as a graduate student to prepare yourself for what comes after the University of Chicago. 

Questions? Feel free to send them to AJ Aronstein, Associate Director of Graduate Career Development (

As always, pizza and drinks will be provided.

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.