Preparing Future Faculty

Wabash Center Work with Doctoral Programs

Helping graduate programs prepare doctoral students for careers as teachers.

Doctoral education has traditionally focused on developing research and writing skills, and teaching has been considered an inevitable by-product of effective scholarship. Thus, most graduates learned how to teach when they began their first job.

Yet many graduates will find academic appointments where good teaching and student learning are central to the institutional mission. Recognizing this, and pressured by the tighter job market, doctoral programs are increasingly seeking ways to form their students for teaching as part of their preparation for a successful academic career.


  • Teaching Seminars for Doctoral Students – a series of teaching workshops to be held in cities that have a significant concentration of doctoral students enrolled in graduate programs.
  • $30,000 Grants – propose your own project to improve your doctoral students’ preparation as teachers.


Eligibility: Ph.D or Th.D programs in religious or theological studies in the U.S. and Canada

Doctoral Program Grant Final Report Guidelines

Questions or More Information:
Mary T. Stimming, PhD
Associate Director

Wabash Center