The Center for Academic Literacy

Located in the John Bulow Campbell Library

The Center for Academic Literacy (CAL) provides one-on-one coaching, workshops, and other programming to enrich students’ competencies in analytical writing, critical reading and thinking, theological research, effective communication, and other forms of graduate-level academic literacy.

Spring 2019 Consultation Hours

Mon      10:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm

Tue       10:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm

Wed      10:30am-11:30am & 1:30pm-3:30pm & 5:30pm-7:30pm

Thu       1:30pm-3:30pm & 6:00pm-8:00pm

Fri         10:30am-12:30pm

Schedule a One-on-One Writing Consultation

Want to discuss your exegesis paper, research project, book review, essay exam, or another writing assignment with a writing coach? We can help you at any stage of the writing process.

Click here to schedule an appointment.

Walk-Ins Always Welcome!

There may be open time slots, so feel free to stop by.


The CAL team has created a collection of concise resources to inform and guide you in your writing process. Members of the CTS community may click HERE to access our online bank of helpful handouts.

Meet the Team

All of the Center for Academic Literacy’s team members are equipped to assist you with the questions you bring. Each CAL coach also brings extra expertise and experience in particular areas; check out the bios below to see who will be the best conversation partner for you!

Emily Peterson

Emily Peterson


   Bachelor of Arts in English, The College of William & Mary

   Master of Divinity, Columbia Theological Seminary

Denominational Background: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

 About: Emily brings several years of experience working specifically with L2 (alternatively, ESL or ELL) students on grammar, syntax, structure, and organization. As a graduate of Columbia, she also brings familiarity with assignment expectations across the spectrum of theological education genres. Her specialties include advanced composition of various theological genres (including assignments that involve work with biblical languages), L2, and study skills.

Anita Denson


   Bachelor of Arts in English, Clark College

   Master of Arts in Christian Education, Interdenominational Theological Center (Thesis: “Taking It to the Street: Practices of Faith that Connect the Black Church with Disconnected African American Youth”)

Denominational Background: Baptist

 About: Anita draws upon an entire career of reading and writing support, with thirty years of experience as an English teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. Her specialties include advanced composition of various academic genres, English grammar rules and usage, reading skills, and test preparation. Her MACE degree and experience in teaching also make her a terrific conversation partner for projects related to Christian education.

Tyler Jones


   Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, Maryville College

   Master of Theological Studies, Candler School of Theology (Thesis: “The ‘Failure’ of Perspective: Authentic Storytelling in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five)

Denominational Background: Methodist, Baptist

 About: Tyler brings a variety of teaching, learning, and writing experiences to CAL, having served as an English tutor in Thailand, studied abroad in southeast Asia, written two academic theses, presented at the Southeastern Commission of Religion, worked in a library setting for over two years, and written a book review for the American Academy of Religion. His specialties include research, English grammar, history of theology, philosophy, and comparative religions.

Questions about Writing at Columbia Seminary?

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