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

Zane McGee
Director of the Candler Writing Center and Academic Skills ADVANCE Course Instructor

Zane is the Director of the Writing Center, ADVANCE Instructor, and is also a PhD candidate in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. His research focuses on the use of family metaphors and moral education in the New Testament. Zane completed his MTS at Candler, where he served as a tutor in the Writing Center as well. He is actively involved in teaching at his local church and enjoys living at the crossroads of the Church and Academy—an intersection well-captured at Candler. His only current hobby is keeping up with his three boys, who never run out of energy.

Academic Skills Tutors

Danielle Campbell 18Danielle Campbell

Danielle is a third-year Master of Divinity student from Williamsburg, Virginia, concentrating in Leadership in Church & Community. Danielle earned both her BA and MPP from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, before serving as an AmeriCorps member in support of children, families, and seniors in low-income communities. After moving to Atlanta, Danielle continued working in nonprofit settings supporting community development, including Habitat for Humanity International. Danielle hopes to blend in-church/out-of-church community ministry activities into a collective form of Christian discipleship for faith communities and our neighborhoods. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, Latin dancing, singing, and attending festivals.

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Cameron is an MDiv student with aspirations of graduating in 2021. He loves sporting fandom (particularly Liverpool FC and Terps' Basketball), perusing Twitter for calamitous scandal, and performing the penance of hot yoga. Cameron does not understand or like coleslaw. He struggles to breathe through his nose due to his deviated septum, which is interesting because his name means crooked-nose in Gaelic.


Danielle Campbell 18Hannah Kelly

Hannah is a second-year Master of Divinity student involved in the Episcopal and Anglican studies program. She graduated with high distinction from Duke University, where she double majored in Computer Science and English, and minored in Creative Writing. When she isn't writing, you might find her reading, walking outside, petting a cat, or listening to country music.

Chadwick SmithChadwick Smith

Chadwick is originally from the Atlanta area and actually attended elementary school a few miles away from Emory's campus. Most recently, he moved back home from Dallas, Texas, where he spent two years as a middle school history teacher and earned a Master of Education from Southern Methodist University. When he's not studying or reading for classes you can find him hanging with my family, reading or trying to find a horror movie to watch! He looks forward to helping everyone he can this year!

Seul bin LeeSeul-bin Lee

Seulbin is a third-year Master of Divinity student and a writing tutor at Candler School of Theology. She graduated from Yonsei University, South Korea with BA both in Theology and Mass Communication. Writing is what she finds to be the most attractive skill she wants to cultivate in both Korean and English. Seulbin finds joy in listening to other’s ideas and theologies and working with them to polish their ideas in their writings. Having made her GRE score during the summer, Seulbin can also assist students with the GRE essay. In her spare time, she goes to dances classes.

Pittman,-Recent-Photo.jpgLilly Pittman

Hello Friends! Lilly comes to Candler with a long-time love for God and Scripture, which she kindled with a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from George Fox University, near Portland, Oregon. Until recently, a small farming community in Oregon has been her home. When she's not studying, she loves to be outdoors, especially around trees. When it comes to academics, She considers the Hebrew Bible to be her specialty, although she has taken significant coursework in Greek and Hebrew. Needless to say, language learning is a passion of hers. She is also passionate about Biblical exegesis and putting the things we learn through that process into easily digestible terms and formats (like sermons). Fun Fact: The most fish she's ever caught in a day is 108.

For more information about the writing center, contact Zane McGee, 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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