List of Divinity ASP Tutors
Preston Hill is serving as School Coordinator for the Academic Skills Project for the School of Divinity. Hailing from North Carolina, he has moved to the gray and cloudy St. Andrews from the yet grayer and chillier Chicagoland area, where he met his wife Chesney. Amid enthralling dialogue on the vicarious humanity of their incarnate Savior, Preston and Chesney love eating gelato and walking the Lade Braes just by their lovely flat. Preston can also be found meticulously brewing a V60 cup of single-origin coffee any morning (or afternoon).
Karen McClain Kiefer is teaching “How to Use the Library/ATLA 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, following careers in corporate management and pastoral ministry. She is a tutor, spiritual director, and serves as Associate Editor for Transpositions, ITIA’s online journal. 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. Her favorite getaway is to the Hebrides and the West Coast.
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 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.
Marjorie Gourlay is teaching “How to Write a Divinity Essay.” Marjorie is a PhD candidate at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics. Originally from Angus, she has worked with Middle-Eastern refugees for over 10 years. Most recently, Marjorie was Refugee Support Project Coordinator at AMINA Muslim Women’s Resource Centre in Dundee. Her academic research gives special attention to Muslim theories of the homeland and inter-religious dialogue.
Joy Clarkson is teaching “How to Reference Well in a Divinity Exam.” She is a second year PhD candidate at the Institute for Theology, Imagination. Her project aims to demonstrate that popular art is morally formative because it teaches audiences not only what to think about moral issues, but how to feel about them. In addition to her research, she is a mentor for young women pursuing degrees in theology through Logia’s mentorship initiative, a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and she hosts a podcast on theology, art, and popular culture that boasts over 64,000 downloads. Her broader research interests include popular art, secularism, and the role of affectivity in moral formation.
Fanos Tsegaye is teaching “How to Do Well on Divinity Exams.”
Mitch Mallary is teaching “How to Develop Effective and Efficient Study Skills.
Joel is teaching “How to Manage Your Time Well.” He is a pastor, theologian, and film critic. The author of three books, he’s a PhD candidate at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) researching theology and ethics in the cinema of Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, he watches way too many movies; you can read his film reviews at www.cinemayward.com. Joel is married to Katie, and they have three young children.