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 refu … [Read more...]

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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 few mo … [Read more...]

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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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Tips on Applying: Spotlight on Edinburgh

Our next spotlight comes from Benjamin Park. Ben is a master's student at the University of Edinburgh's School of Divinity, studying historical theology in the 18th and 19th century. He also blogs at the Juvenile Instructor. … [Read more...]

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Tips on Applying to Grad Programs in Religious Studies, Part VII: Placement

As much as graduate school offers up the chance for one to delve deeply into a particular topic of interest and, in many regards, devote several years of one's life to studying these interests; it is also a means to an end. In other words, success at graduate school (on the PhD level) entails not only producing a respectable dissertation, but also entails securing "good" employment after graduation. For most of those going into PhD programs in religious studies, this means landing a tenure track … [Read more...]

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Tips on Applying: Spotlight on Oxford

Application and admission season is upon us. This next spotlight comes from Daniel O. McClellan, a master's student at Oxford. Enjoy. … [Read more...]

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Tips on Applying: Spotlight on GTU

We're keeping things rolling with a fan favorite. Sheila Taylor studies at Graduate Theological Union. I think I can say, speaking for FPR, that she's one of the brightest people we know, and one of the finest scholars of the up-and-coming generation. … [Read more...]

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Tips on Applying: Spotlight on UCSB

We're please to continue our series with a Spotlight on the University of California, Santa Barbara, provided by PhD student Stephen Flemming. Steve, as most are aware, blogs on JI. You can find out more about him here. … [Read more...]

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