Academic Development & Support

  • Through the Conversation Partners Program, students from different cultural and social backgrounds develop relationships with one another.

  • International and off-campus study opportunities can enrich your academic experience and help define your calling.

  • The Writing Center offers workshops on everything from writing a thesis to applying to a PhD program.

Academic Development & Support

Candler School of Theology prepares real people to make a real difference in the real world. Our students come from all walks of life, with different professional and academic experiences. Some are returning to school after years away from the classroom, while others are making a career change, and others still are non-native English speakers.

That’s why Candler and Emory University offer a variety of programs and resources to help students meet the demands of the classroom. From sponsoring workshops and professional development events, to providing an accessible and "barrier-free" environment, Candler and Emory ensure that every student has the opportunity to develop his or her gifts, in order to make a difference in the world. 

The Writing Center

The Writing Center offers individual consultations as well as group workshops for interested students. To schedule a consultation please visit the online reservation system.

One-on-One Writing Consultations

These 30-minute sessions are a time for students to gather feedback on their writing assignments — from sermons to scholarly research papers. The consultation can focus on idea generation, writing composition, or grammar and punctuation. The sign-up sheet is at the front desk in the Office of Student Programming.

Writing Workshops and Resources

The Writing Center offers four workshops per semester, which focus on a variety of writing and academic skills such as managing your reading load or preparing for an exegesis paper. Check the Candler calendar for the schedule of upcoming workshops.

Click here to view our extensive list of external writing resources from seminaries and other reputable writing sources.

ESOL Writing and Academic Program

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Writing and Academic Program is designed to meet the needs of Candler’s diverse non-native English speaking community. ESOL language assessments and courses in written and oral English language skills are tailored to support first-year students’ academic success in theological studies at Candler.

In addition to classroom instruction, tutors and Conversation Partners are available to provide one-on-one assistance for ESOL students at different levels of language proficiency. The Conversation Partners Program also provides important opportunities for developing relationships and promoting cultural exchange. Tutoring sessions are held in the Office of Student Programming, RARB 311. Click here to download the most recent version of the ESL student handbook.

Writing Center Staff

David Cho Headshot 2017Eunil David Cho
Director of the Candler Writing Center and Academic Skills ADVANCE Course Instructor

David is the Director of the Writing Center/ADVANCE Instructor, who is entering his third year of a PhD program in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. His research centers on a narrative approach to pastoral and practical theology, with particular attention to seeing how narrative can be used in understanding interpersonal identity formation ;and religious experience. When he was a MDiv student at Candler, David served as a writing tutor for two years. He is certainly excited to return to OSP as the Director of the Writing Center! Prior to Candler, David finished his BA at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and taught middle school social studies for two years. As an ordination candidate in the Presbyterian Church (USA), David has been serving a Korean American congregation as a minister of education and outreach for several years.

Academic Skills Tutors

Andy Blakemore Headshot 2017Andy Blakemore
Andy is a first-year MDiv student at Candler. He is from Kansas, and earned his Master's degree in religious studies from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Most recently, he worked as an instructor of mathematics at Emporia State University and, prior to that, as a tutor in high school and middle school classrooms. Andy loves how, when wielded with care, language can give coherence to subtle feelings and impart clarity into complex ideas. Reading and writing are his passion, but he is always glad to enter into a discussion of new ideas, and his interests range widely. As a newcomer to Atlanta, Andy mostly spends his free time getting to know the bikeways, coffee shops, and open spaces in this city.

Whitney Hair Headshot 2017Whitney Hair
Whitney is a first-year MDiv student and an academic skills tutor in the Writing Center. Before coming to Candler, she earned an undergraduate degree in Bible and Theology from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. Whitney is seeking ordination within the United Methodist Church as an Elder. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, going to estate sales, playing board games, and hanging out with friends.

Sarah Kothe Headshot 2017Sarah Kothe
Sarah is a second-year MTS student and an Academic Skills Tutor. She grew up only 30 minutes south of the Georgia state line in the Florida Panhandle. Sarah studied Biology and Theology at Boston College and her research at Candler is focused on end-of-life care. Before attending Candler, Sarah worked at an interfaith retreat center in New York’s Hudson Valley. In her free time, Sarah enjoys scouting out the best used bookstores in Atlanta, spending time in nature and the company of friends.

Mina Yoo Headshot 2017Mina Yoo
Mina (Hyemin) is a third-year MDiv student from Seoul, Korea, with a concentration in Scripture and Interpretation. Mina’s family moved to St. Petersburg, Russia, a month after the dissolution of the Soviet Union—which explains her love for everything Russia-related. Mina received her BA in Political Science and Economics at Handong University, MA in International Relations at Seoul National University, and MA in Political Science from the University of Iowa. While at Iowa, Mina worked both as a graduate research and teaching assistant, helping undergraduate students write better research papers. Before coming to Candler, Mina worked several years as a policy analyst at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, building inter-government ties between Korea and Russia/Central Asia. In her free time, Mina loves taking long walks, watching indie films, playing the piano, and traveling.

For more information about the writing center, contact Eunil David Cho, Director of the Candler Writing Center and Academic Skills ADVANCE Course Instructor or visit the office in RARB 311.


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Leadership Development Fund

Through the OSP, Candler offers financial support for student attendance at professional conferences and events offered by other organizations. Students who participate in these learning experiences are asked to share their findings with others at Candler both in academic and informal situations.

To submit an application for the leadership development fund, complete:

Print these documents and return them to the Office of Student Programming in RARB 311.


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Office of Accessibility Services

Office of Accessibility Services of Emory University assists qualified students, faculty and staff in obtaining a variety of services (i.e., alternative testing, notetaking, interpreting, advocacy, mobility/transportation, etc.) and ensures that all matters of equal access, reasonable accommodation, and compliance are properly addressed.


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International and Off-Campus Study Opportunities

Candler prepares leaders for the worldwide church and offers students the opportunity to enrich their learning experience by participating in a variety of international and U.S. study programs. Through academic exchanges, travel seminars and internships, students learn about diverse cultures and faith communities. As they witness and participate in God’s work around the world, Candler students transform their own vision of what it means to be faithful and creative leaders. For more information about these programs visit the International Study & Travel page and the U.S. Study & Travel page.


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IT Media Services

Candler IT Media Services provides audiovisual support and computer services for members of the theology school in order to meet its academic mission goals. Learn more.


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