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 18Eunil 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 fourth year of a Ph.D. 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 second-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.

Danielle Campbell 18Danielle Campbell

Danielle is a second-year Master of Divinity student from Williamsburg, VA with concentrations in Leadership in Church & Community and Criminal Justice Ministries. Danielle earned both her BA in Anthropology and MPP in education and social policy from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA before serving as an AmeriCorps member in support of children, families, and seniors in low-income communities. Her career continued as she moved to Atlanta, GA to work for a congressionally-chartered nonprofit organization that supports community development in the United States; she then transitioned to work at the administrative headquarters of Habitat for Humanity International, a "Christian housing ministry” that has addressed the issues of poverty housing all over the world. Danielle hopes to blend in-church/out-of-church community ministry activities into a collective form of Christian discipleship for faith communities and their geographical locations. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, Latin dancing, singing, and attending festivals.

Isaiah Lewis 18Isaiah Lewis

Isaiah Lewis is a third-year Master of Divinity student and an academic skills tutor in Candler's Writing Center. Prior to Candler, he worked as a responder on a workers' rights hotline. He majored in English literature and creative writing in college and his heroes are Octavia Butler and Philip Pullman.  After graduation, Isaiah hopes to teach.

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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