Tips on Applying: Spotlight on the Catholic University of America

This spotlight features Carl Cranney, who did an MA at Yale's Divinity School and is now pursuing a doctorate at the Catholic University of America. Carl is also doing an excellent series at Juvenile Instructor on teaching Mormonism. Thanks, Carl. … [Read more...]

Tips on Applying to Tenure Track Positions in Religious Studies, Part I: Important Resources

We're expanding the Tips on Applying series to move beyond applying to graduate programs in religious studies. The next series of posts will focus on applying to tenure track positions in religious studies (or related) departments. To start I'd like to point out some useful resources: … [Read more...]

Tips on Applying: Spotlight on Duke

This spotlight comes from Ariel Bybee Laughton, who graduated from Duke in May 2010 with her Ph.D. Dr. Laughton, take it away...  … [Read more...]

Tips on Applying to Grad Programs in Religious Studies, Part IX: The Writing Sample

Most PhD applications and some master's applications require a 10-20 page writing sample. Personally I'd say that this was the weakest part of my application. Not because I didn't have a decent writing sample to provide, but because what I did submit was not directly related to the interests of some of the programs I applied to. In retrospect, this probably disqualified me from a few places. Some guidelines to choosing a writing sample are as follows: 1. Choose an 'A' paper. In other words, … [Read more...]

Tips on Applying to Grad Programs in Religious Studies, Part VIII: MA or PhD

In this post I want to address the question of whether one should first apply to master's programs in religious studies, or whether it's possible to be directly admitted into a PhD program without obtaining a master's degree. Below are some quick thoughts. As always, feel free to chime in since I'm speaking more from my own experience than any comprehensive study I've done on. … [Read more...]

PhD Language Exam Exhaustion or Why I Am Looking Forward to Comprehensive Exams

These last 18 months have been brutal.  Since April of 2009 I have prepped and sat for 4 language examinations and I am two to four weeks away from sitting for my last one.  First French, then five months later Greek, then two months later Latin, then five months German, and now Hebrew.  I have actually enjoyed studying for each of the exams and I have relished adding further linguistic/academic implements to my tool-belt.  But I am getting a bit weary.  I stare at Hebrew words and my mind … [Read more...]

Tips on landing a job in religion, #2

Next up, and perhaps the last for a while, is Taylor P. He writes: I received a ThD in New Testament and Early Christianity from a divinity school that works within a “religious studies” paradigm. I have been hired in a tenure-track position in a Religious Studies department at a private, secular, liberal arts college. The year that I went out on the market, there were two jobs in my immediate field at secular schools, and three at religiously-affiliated schools. I applied to those and a … [Read more...]

Tips on landing a job in religion, #1

So you managed to get into a graduate program. Now what? As a continuation of the Tips on applying series, we're asking recent PhDs and ThDs in religion and related disciplines to share their experience in preparing for and succesfully making the transition from student to faculty. We've posed a few questions, and you may have some of your own to ask. Perhaps our respondants will hang around to reply. No promises, though. First up, Lincoln Blumell's advice to LDS Graduate Students in Biblical … [Read more...]


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