Tips on Applying: Spotlight on the University of North Carolina

Matthew Grey, a PhD student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has been kind enough to provide us with our next spotlight. … [Read more...]

Tips on Applying for Grad Programs in Religious Studies (Pt III)

Perhaps the single most important part of the application is the statement of purpose (also called the letter of intent, among other names). The statement will vary in length, depending on whether you're applying to a master's program or a PhD program, as well as the school's specific requirements. Generally speaking, however, a statement of purpose for a master's program will usually be limited to 500-1000 words. A statement of purpose for a PhD program will likely be limited to around 1500 … [Read more...]

Tips on Applying: Spotlight on Yale Divinity School

As part of the "Tips on Applying" series I thought it would be helpful to spotlight a few schools where LDSs are currently enrolled (or have attended recently). Elizabeth Pinborough, a graduate student at YDS, has been gracious enough to provide our first spotlight. Here she is- … [Read more...]

Tips on Applying to Grad Programs in Religious Studies (Pt. II)

In this post I'd like to briefly discuss the admissions process for PhD programs. Not every school or even every department uses this process, but something similar probably goes on. This will also give some insight into my comment in the previous post that the departmental situation and other factors outside of one's control are the some of the largest factors determining admission into PhD programs. I'm tempted to go so far as to say that admissions into PhD programs, for the reasons I'm about … [Read more...]

Tips on Applying to Grad Programs in Religious Studies (Pt. I)

It's that time of the year again, and here at FPR we (or mostly 'I') figured that we'd toss out a few thoughts about applying to graduate school programs in religious studies. By "religious studies" we're casting a fairly wide net not referring to simply Religious Studies departments, but all programs where the applicant will study "religion" in some form or another (although we're not claiming broad knowledge of the application process for all these disciplines). Furthermore, much of our … [Read more...]

BYU Hiring Ancient Scrip Prof Rd 2

About a year ago we put up a post discussing the search for a professor of Ancient Scripture in BYU's School of Religious Education. This year they are again looking for a professor of Ancient Scripture. This search, however, is somewhat different than the previous one. I'd like to point out some of the differences between the two and raise an issue about the LDS notion of 'education'. … [Read more...]

Who is Correlation?

I'm being serious here, and trying not to be cynical. We hear so much about "Correlation" in the 'nacle, but I honestly have no idea who these people are, how they're chosen, and how the group functions. My hunch is that most of us are in the same boat. Perhaps my/our ignorance works well from our perspective because it's easier to be critical of an organization/committee that is impersonal, and has an ambiguous relationship within the structure of authority of the Church. Perhaps this ignorance … [Read more...]

The Perils of Parallel-o-Mania

The impetus for this post came from a conversation that started here. Since the blog administrator won't publish my response, I wanted to raise the issue in a more general setting. (Personal attacks on the author of that post will not be tolerated in this thread. Anything that encroaches on an ad hominem--or is overtly condescending-- will be deleted.)As religious people we are interested in religious things. This interest, for the most part, extends beyond our own tradition and into larger … [Read more...]