Jake Morley is teaching “How to Conduct Research for Your Divinity Essay.” Jake is a PhD candidate in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts who is researching theological aesthetics in the poetry of Edmund Spenser and John Milton. He is also the Guest Contributions Editor for Transpositions, the official online forum of ITIA. Prior to moving to St Andrews, Jake studied theology and literature and taught English literature at The Stony Brook School in Stony Brook, New York.

Marian Kelsey is teaching “How to Write a Divinity Essay.” She is a PhD candidate researching the Book of Jonah. Marian first came to St Andrews as an undergraduate to do an MTheol degree. She then did a Masters in Biblical Studies at Durham University before returning to St Andrews. At the moment she’s studying inner-biblical allusions in Jonah as part of a wider project on the book’s literary contexts. Last year she tutored an Old Testament module and marked two rounds of essays from her students. This gave her plenty of experience in what makes a good divinity essay, which she’ll be sharing with you all in the ASP workshop.

Cress, GraydonGraydon Cress is serving as School Coordinator for the Academic Skills Project for the School of Divinity. He is also teaching “How to Reference Well in a Divinity Essay.” He is a PhD candidate researching ‘Perichoresis and Theosis’ with the Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Holmes. Before coming to St Andrews, Graydon studied theology in the USA. He also worked as an academic advisor where he met with students and taught courses on college life and study skills.

Taylor Telford is teaching “How to Flourish in Your First Year of University Life.” She is originally from mountainous state of Idaho in the USA. Taylor studied theology as an undergrad and has a Masters of Divinity; currently, she is a PhD candidate in the Logos Institute. In her spare time, she enjoys walking the Fife Coastal Path, playing guitar, and eating fish and chips.



Preston Hill is teaching “How to Do Well on Divinity Exams.” He is a postgraduate student pursuing an MLitt in the Logos Institute. Hailing originally from North Carolina, he has moved to the gray and cloudy St. Andrews from the yet grayer and chillier Chicagoland area, where he recently married his theological partner in crime, Chesney. Between swooning debates on the vicarious humanity of our incarnate Savior, Preston and Chesney love eating gelato, binge-watching Seinfeld, and walking the Lade Braes just by their cute little flat. Preston can also be found meticulously brewing a V60 cup of single-origin coffee on any morning, or afternoon.

Speakman_TutorBrett H Speakman is teaching “How to Develop Effective and Efficient Study Skills.” He is a PhD candidate in the Institute for Theology, Imagination & the Arts (ITIA) under the supervision of the Rev. Prof. Trevor Hart and Dr. Judith Wolfe. His research is an interdisciplinary and diachronic exploration of the interface between the imagination and Christian apologetics, with particular attention to the writings of G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis. Prior to moving to St Andrews, Brett pursued an MA in both the History of Christianity and Historical Theology at Wheaton College, while working at the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College as a graduate research assistant. Currently, he serves as the Co-Editor of Book Reviews for the Journal of Inklings Studies and Senior Editor for Transpositions: Theology, Imagination & the Arts.

Karen Kiefer is teaching “How to Use the Library for Divinity Research.” She is a lover of (almost) all things Scotland and is thrilled to be at St Andrews working toward a PhD in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, where she also serves as Reviews Editor for Transpositions. From Ohio originally, she has also lived in Maryland, Arizona and most recently Minnesota where she earned a Masters degree in Theology at Saint Johns School of Theology and Seminary.  She has taught and facilitated groups for over a decade and particularly enjoys the enthusiasm of students eager to challenge themselves.  When not researching, writing or sleeping, Karen is walking.  Always walking.  She has traded mountain, canyon and lake hikes for beach walks, pedestrian commutes through the streets of St Andrews, and the lovely Lade Braes.

Koert Verhagen is teaching “How to Manage Your Time Well.”







Christa McKirland is teaching “How to Give Engaging Presentations.” She is originally from Georgia in the U.S.A. and is in St. Andrews to work on a PhD in Divinity. Before having a toddler, she loved playing Halo with her husband, Matt. Now, she enjoys watching Brooklyn 99, eating ice cream, playing net ball, and going to the park. She misses southern biscuits and boiled peanuts but loves Highland cows and the view of the North Sea.