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    2018 Fall
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    Historical Theology

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  1. Rejection/Plan B/Venting

    I'm currently serving in the parish as an ordained minister, and could do this work for a lifetime. I have a deep desire to study more deeply, and I would love to do that in a formal, residential, academic program in the states. I will apply for one more cycle, and expand potential schools in the coming year, but if that doesn't work, I will consider overseas, non-residential programs and/or try to find other ways to deepen my study. Serving where I am, far away from a theological library, I've found Vanderbilt's Kesler program to be a tremendous access to let me have access to books that I otherwise would be unable to afford. I've found xypathos' words to be true, though -- not continuing to read and write is, for me, not an option.
  2. UK PhD (Oxford) vs USA PhD (Baylor/Marquette)

    I have heard the US over UK programs (in terms of US jobs) in various places. Is there data supporting that, or is it mostly anecdotal?
  3. PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    Has anyone gotten a *rejection* from Notre Dame? I see that there are some acceptances and waitlists. I fully expect a rejection since I didn't get an interview, but nothing's come through.
  4. PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    I know it’s a lot to ask a school to coordinate such things, but can we agree that it’s bad form to send a rejection letter, an annual fund email, and make an annual fund call on the same day? 😂 #enjoytheapplicationfee
  5. PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    Nothing from Duke for me either. I suspect that means I’m lower than “waitlist” on the hierarchy.
  6. Application Post-Mortem Evaluation

    I'm curious to hear more of the specifics of what you did in that interim year if you're willing to share.
  7. Application Post-Mortem Evaluation

    I'm a pastor, so I'm already pretty careful in terms of what I put out into cyberspace. Even so, I wonder if should have gone "dark" just so that conversations I have on Twitter or FB about specifics of what's happening in my denomination or current events don't jade an admissions committee.
  8. Application Post-Mortem Evaluation

    As I await responses and assume the worst, I find myself evaluating and second guessing various elements of my application and other aspects of the application process. I'd love to glean from the wisdom of the rest of you as I consider the possibility of applying for a second time next year What would you do differently if you were preparing your applications now (or what have you done differently if you didn't get in in the first cycle that you applied), in terms of: where you applied? how you communicated with programs before applying? asking/disabling social media and other online presence? elements of your application -- writing sample, personal statement, etc.? seeking opportunities to publish/present? other things I might not be thinking of? Though I'm new to the forum, I'm betting participation drops off significantly by the end of the admissions cycle, and I would love to glean from your collective wisdom here before everyone disappears!
  9. PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    I missed that SMU/Perkins acceptance from last week. Has anyone claimed that? Has anyone else heard from SMU?
  10. PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    Those are both great options. I’d say field, POI, and the fit of your research interest and matter the most at this point. And if the funding is workable. Duke ThD has an excellent placement rate at small liberal arts schools, especially those with “theology” departments rather than “religious studies” departments. I don’t know as much about Vandy’s placement rates, but I’m sure they are available. When considering funding, don’t forget to consider health insurance, conference travel, etc.
  11. PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    No Th.D. for me this year.
  12. PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    Mine were submitted to the University and subsequently cross listed with the Divinity School. But it could be that stuff merged differently for me since I was a student there once upon a time.
  13. PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    Mine do. I submitted mine electronically when I took the GRE in Fall 2017. Both scores and percentiles are visible.
  14. PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    I'm sure everyone who's checking this with any regularity and applied there got the same thing, but I got a generic email about ten minutes ago that Duke Th.D. notices will go out by 5pm today. Seeing as XYPathos already got a notification re: waitlist, I'm guessing that it'll be worse news for me.
  15. PhD Applications Fall '18 Season

    Nevermind. Looks like the only Indiana update is for interviews.