Events

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 info imageCareer 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.
 

 

UChicagoGRAD offers a variety of programs throughout the year.  
 
 
 PATHS (Professional Advancement and Training for Humanities Scholars) is a new initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to prepare UChicago doctoral students in divinity, history, and humanities for diverse career trajectories. PATHS programs and resources help participants chart a course for their professional training toward careers in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government. Sign up on the UChicagoGRAD site. ***
GC's Travel Fund Application is now live
 
The Graduate Council Travel Fund offers grants to graduate students to attend academic conferences and other events. In 2016-17, we awarded over 400 travel grants after reviewing almost 300 applications from groups and individuals. The Travel Fund has a rolling deadline, so the only requirement is that you apply at least 10 days in advance of your travel date. Note: This 10-day deadline will be waived for travel that occurs between July 1st and July 15th, 2017. APPLY HERE
Please read the rules and eligibility guidelines carefully before submitting an application and thank you for taking the time to apply. We can't wait to hear about the all of your great work! For concerns or questions not addressed in the rules and guidelines, please contact our VP of the Travel Fund, Mary Burkey
 
Academic Job Market Summer Camp
 

July 10-14, 9:00 a.m. to Noon, GRAD HQ (UChicago Bookstore, 3rd Floor)
Are you going on the academic job market this fall?  Put your best foot forward by attending UChicagoGRAD’s Academic Job Market Summer Camp.  You’ll receive advice from faculty, learn the ins and outs of the hiring process, and have opportunities to workshop materials.  Lunch will be provided on the final day.   
  • July 10 (Day 1): CVs, Cover Letters, and an Introduction to the Academic Job Market
  • July 11 (Day 2): Teaching Portfolios and Diversity Statements
  • July 12 (Day 3): Interview and Campus Visit Best Practices
  • July 13 (Day 4): Negotiating Your Job Offer and Breakout Sessions on Research Statements, HUM/SSD/DIV Postdocs, and Setting Up a Lab
  • July 14 (Day 5): "View from the Hiring Committee" and "Recent Hire Perspectives" Faculty Panels (Lunch Provided)
Faculty participants include professors from the University of Chicago, North Central College, Northeastern Illinois University, DePaul University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.  RSVP for each daily session by logging into GRAD Gargoyle (Events > Workshops). 
 
 
Presentation Choreography: How to Gracefully Engage Your Audience
Tuesday, July 11, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Polsky Exchange, Washington Park Classroom

This workshop will teach you how to open and close presentations to investors, customers, team members, etc. with strength and poise. We'll discuss the impact of visual and vocal cues, get comfortable with meaningful movement, and learn how to best engage with slides and other visuals. Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/presentation-choreography-how-to-gracefully-engage-your-audience-tickets-31452221441
 
Seminar on Teaching Portfolios
Tuesday, July 11th, 9:00am-11:00am | CCT Classroom, Wieboldt 310D/E 
 
Assembling a teaching portfolio helps graduate students to think, talk, and write about teaching with precision and sophistication. In developing a teaching portfolio, we sharpen our ability to critically analyze our teaching successes and practice presenting ourselves as knowledgeable, confident, and reflective classroom instructors to colleagues & search 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.**Attendance for this event will satisfy part of the requirement for the Certificate in University Teaching. This session will be led by CCT Assistant Director Chandani Patel
 
RSVP REQUIRED: To RSVP to this event, please login to GRAD Gargoyle by clicking on the “Student/Alumni” user icon. Once on the home page, follow these steps: Click Events>Click Workshops>Select "SEMINAR ON TEACHING PORTFOLIOS Summer 2017" and RSVP.
 

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.