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 Life.

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 Life, RARB 311. Click here to download the most recent version of the ESL student handbook.

Writing Center Staff

Corwin DavisRev. Corwin Davis
Director of the Candler Writing Center and Academic Skills ADVANCE Course Instructor

The Reverend Corwin Malcolm Davis is a PhD student in Person, Community, and Religious Life at Emory University, where his research focuses on contextualizing the complex relationship of Black religious rhetoric and praxis and the psyche. An honors graduate of Belmont University, Corwin earned a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Black Religion and Culture Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School as the named “Dean’s Scholar.” During his time at Vanderbilt, he was named a Cal Turner Fellow for Moral Leadership, and was awarded the Robert Lewis Butler Award for ministry in the African American church, and the William A. Newcomb Prize, awarded to the student who best exemplifies the minister as theologian. A third-generation minister, Corwin is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he has served as a pastor in Tennessee and serves as a consultant and editor for the AME Church Publishing House.

Academic Skills Tutors

Chadwick SmithChadwick Smith

Chadwick is a third-year MDiv student from Atlanta, Georgia. He attended The College of Wooster as a Posse Scholar and graduated with a degree in History and Africana Studies. After Wooster he moved to Dallas, Texas, to teach middle school social studies with Teach for America. While there he earned a Master of Education degree at Southern Methodist University. Outside of Candler, he serves as the pastor of youth and community engagement at Grace United Methodist Church in downtown Atlanta and as a consultant with Values Partnerships working on various projects.

Lauren GaiaLauren Gaia

Lauren is a second-year MTS student and a returning writing center tutor. She comes to Candler with experience as a communications professional at CARE USA and Habitat for Humanity International. She has an extensive background working on writing projects across a variety of sectors. Lauren graduated from Agnes Scott College with a BA in International Relations and from Georgia Tech with an MBA.

Brittain Lawrence Brittain Lawrence 

Brittain attended Belmont University where she majored in religious studies and minored in philosophy. She studied Koine Greek for two years, and has some experience in the nonprofit sector. After graduating in May of 2020, she worked in a taco shop and an ice cream store. She is a first-year MDiv student, and hopes to complete a Theology and Ethics concentration.

Kathryn PowellKathryn Powell

Kathryn is a first-year MDiv student from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She graduated from Ball State University with a degree in history, and then spent some time living with various intentional communities and exploring the connection between faith, community, and service. She is thrilled to continue these explorations at Candler, especially through serving at Mercy Community Church. In her spare time, Kathryn loves to sing and jam with others and will bring her ukulele to any social function. She also loves to dance—if music's playing, you bet she isn't sitting still! 

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


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Professional Development Fund

Through the OSL, 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 professional development fund, complete:

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


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Department of Accessibility Services

The Department of Accessibility Services is committed to advancing an accessible and “barrier-free” environment for students, faculty, staff, patients, guests and visitors by ensuring that the principles of access, equity, inclusion and learning are realized in and by the Emory community.”


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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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