If you are a current Ph.D. student, consider attending the Fall Colloquium gatherings. The two-pronged purpose of the gatherings is to: (1) build community among students (at all stages of their doctoral degree programs) and faculty, and (2) develop practical skills to succeed in graduate school, academe, and beyond.

At the first colloquium held on September 13, students in attendance ranged from first years to students who were ABD. Dr. Grace Yia-Hei Kao and Dr. Elizabeth Anderson helped students chart out a plan for success as they fielded questions about language requirements, research intensives, and how best to move through doctoral programs in a timely manner. Other faculty in attendance, Dr. Tom Phillips and Dr. Andrew Dreitcer, were able to offer one-on-one mentoring in their fields of expertise.


Here’s the schedule for Fall:

Thu, 10/11: A Guide to Academic Conferences

What can professional associations do for you and which ones should you join? What should you be doing at these professional meetings (including at the upcoming American Academy of Religion [AAR]/Society of Biblical Literature [SBL] in Denver in November) anyway?


Thu, 11/8: External Grants, Fellowships, & Scholarships

What organizations will fund your work and how can you be competitive in your applications? For which ones should you apply?


Thu, 12/6: Self-Promotion, Social Media, and “Branding”

How can you use social media to promote your work and network? What are the advantages & disadvantages of having an active online presence? What pitfalls should you avoid?


All colloquia are held in Butler 201 from 11:45-12:45, and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.