Friday, June 17, 2011

Thinking about a PhD in Biblical Studies? Read This Book!


Students are always asking me about getting a PhD. I think I do more discouraging than encouraging. It is not that I don't want them to do the degree, I just want to make sure what they are getting themselves into. They don't call it a terminal degree for nothing.

Well if you have decided to go ahead with getting the PhD in spite of what I or someone else has told you, then you should read this book written by Nijay Gupta. It is titled A Guide book for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies Beyond (Wipf and Stock, 2011).

If you don't know Nijay than you can start by reading his blog. It was on his blog that he first gave some of this advice while going through the program at the University of Durham. Here is the blurb.

What if you had a guidebook that you could turn to at each stage of your academic journey to help you navigate through the process of getting a PhD in biblical studies and succeeding in the academic world? This book is precisely intended to fill that need. From theory to practice, you will find discussions and answers to the most pertinent and pressing questions that prospective and current doctoral students are faced with: How do I choose a program? How can I gain admission into an elite program? How do I choose a research topic?

Alongside the "big" questions about the process, there are also a host of smaller matters: How do I publish an article? What conferences are out there in my field? Where do I start looking for a job? How do I get teaching experience? How do I write a syllabus?

This guidebook tackles all of these questions and many more in three parts: Prepare focuses on getting into a PhD program; Succeed guides you through the doctoral program, especially the writing of the dissertation; and Advance treats issues that relate to success in the academic world such as conference participation, publishing, employment, and best practices in teaching.

I haven't read the book, but I have read his blog posts on the topic and I am sure you will benefit from it.

1 comment:

  1. Discouraging is good more than encouraging but it should be in the limit. Good information. I have read this "A guide for getting a phd in biblical studies beyond.
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