CAL coaches can mentor, empower, and support you through all types of academic challenges, including decoding an assignment, coping with distractions, using Turabian, developing a thesis statement, developing a thesis statement, and more.
HOW TO PREPARE
Send your coach the assignment guidelines and, if applicable, your draft, outline, and/or other documents you want to review together. You can do this through the WC Online appointment booking form.
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To do this you will need to:
Appointments are either thirty (30) or sixty (60) minutes long. You may schedule your appointment at any time.
CAL offers four types of appointments:
All our CAL team members are equipped to help you at any stage of the process with any issue related to academic literacy; however, each coach also brings a unique set of skills and experiences! Learn about their areas of expertise below to see who could be the best conversation partner for you.
Dr. Robert Griffin – Director
Robert (Rob) Griffin is the Director of the Center for Academic Literacy at Columbia Theological Seminary. His Ph.D. is in Linguistics from Indiana University—Bloomington where he specialized in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Rob has MA degrees from Indiana in Germanic Studies and Applied Linguistics and his research focuses on issues related to Second Language Acquisition, Phonology and Interlanguage Pragmatics.
Courtney Ariel Bowden – CAL Coach
Courtney Ariel Bowden (she/her) is a songwriter, writer, and storyteller. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Vanderbilt University with a Master of Divinity and certificates in Religion, Arts & Contemporary Culture, and the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender & Sexuality. She is currently a doctoral student at Emory University. She identifies as an artist-scholar who shows up learning & unlearning in community.
Erica Hughes – CAL coach
Erica Hughes received their MFA+MA from the Litowitz Creative Writing Program at Northwestern University. Their poems have been published or are forthcoming in Guernica Magazine, Poet Lore, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast Magazine, and The Rumpus—among others. They are a Cave Canem fellow and have been a finalist for the 2021 Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, longlisted for the 2021 Granum Fellowship Prize, and a semifinalist of the 2022 and the 2023 92Y Discovery Contests. Their debut poetry collection Ankle-Deep in Pacific Water is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in 2024. Currently, Hughes is a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at Emory University.