One of my first published books as a scholar was Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond (Wipf & Stock, 2011). In the last six years or so, I have received lots of positive feedback—more than any other piece of writing I have done to date. It feels gratifying to know it has helped lots of people who are interested in doctoral studies.
The reality, though, is that the path to getting a PhD and a permanent job has evolved and changed since 2011. Frankly, some of the material in my book is now outdated (e.g., the GRE process). So, I am working on an updated, second edition. I am even planning to incorporate some new material written by current or recent doctoral students from elite programs (since I earned my PhD almost ten years ago!)Here’s where YOU come in. What are the most pressing questions you have (or hear about) when it comes to navigating biblical studies academia—related to doctoral programs, publishing, interviewing, research, etc.?
Also, what advice helped guide YOU through the labyrinth of academia? What do you often pass on to others?
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