The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

Academic Resources

The Jessie Ball duPont Library

The duPont Library is a component of the University’s Information Technology Services division that provides the members of the academic community with access to resources that support the current and anticipated instructional, research, and service programs of the University of the South.

Since the early 1980s, duPont Library has housed all Library collections and services for the School of Theology as well as the College of Arts and Sciences. All materials and services in duPont Library are equally available to students and faculty in both the College and the School of Theology. A Theology Reference area is maintained on the third floor of duPont, staffed during regular business hours (8 am- 5 pm M-F).

Circulating materials in philosophy, psychology, and religion--with call numbers in Library of Congress B-BX or Dewey 100-299--are shelved on the third floor. In addition, there are a number of non-circulating materials: (a) reserves for School of Theology courses, available on a self-serve basis; (b) the Theology Reference collection; (c) Theology Periodicals, shelved alphabetically by title; (d) Theology Special Collections, accessible on request to a Theology librarian.

There are also several public-access computers and a photocopier on the third floor, as well as a good deal of open seating. 

Hamilton Hall Reading Room

Room 111 in Hamilton Hall is available as a reading room for students at The School of Theology. It contains a small reference collection, duplicates of some reserve materials for courses, and sets of both the Sewanee Theological Review and Anglican Theological Review. Other materials are added from time to time. The room offers a variety of seating, ample power outlets, wireless access, and a quiet atmosphere for study. Every theology student is given a key to the room, which is kept locked when unoccupied in order to preserve access and security. The librarian of The School of Theology is in charge of the reading room.

The reading room is intended to provide a quiet place for study within the classroom building, where students spend much of each weekday during term. Since the library is some distance away, it is impractical to use during the relatively short gaps in the daily academic schedule. The reading room makes it possible to use such short amounts of time more efficiently.

Episcopal Preaching Foundation/Preaching Excellence Program

The Episcopal Preaching Foundation (EPF), founded more than a quarter-century ago as the Episcopal Evangelism Foundation, Inc., works to improve and enhance the quality of preaching in the Episcopal Church. During its history of service to the Church, the EPF has sought to fulfill its mission in a variety of ways, but at the heart of its work has been the annual Preaching Excellence Program (PEP) for Episcopal seminarians. Each year 60 to 70 students from Episcopal and other seminaries gather at a central location for a week of preaching, worship, workshops, lectures, and fellowship under the leadership of the EPF director, Episcopal seminary faculty members, and guest speakers. More than one thousand priests and deacons of the Episcopal Church, including the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, are PEP alums.


Student Exchange Program

The School of Theology has entered into a student exchange partnership with Westcott House, Cambridge, U.K. These two historic seminaries, both established in the 1800’s, have created a program for seminarians to experience prayer, study, and community life abroad in their middler year. The program takes place during the advent semester in Sewanee and the fall term in Cambridge.

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin King, assistant professor of Church history, and the Rev. Dr. James Turrell, associate dean for academic affairs, both of The School of Theology, felt that an integral part of a seminary education is the ability to experience Anglicanism in its many traditions. Looking to the Church’s English heritage, and with the benefit of an existing academic relationship, Westcott House was a great place to start.

Westcott House is dedicated to “pastorally and liturgically growing in compassion, creativity, and imagination to live the Gospel in every place to which God calls us.” The School of Theology shares in this formational process developing “leaders who are learned, skilled, informed by the Word of God, and committed to the mission of the church, in the Anglican tradition of forming disciples through a common life of prayer, learning, and service.” The two schools share a sense of mission to prepare clergy for service in the parish and beyond. That formed the basis for a conversation that quickly became a course of action.

Interested parties should contact the office of the dean for academic affairs.

Directed Reading Courses

When a student (in good academic standing) determines, in consultation with his/her advisor, that an educational goal cannot be met through courses offered, the student may propose to meet this goal through a directed reading. Directed reading electives are generally not open to summer-term students.

The student must identify a member of the regular faculty of the School of Theology willing and qualified to direct the work. Working with the faculty member, the student develops a written proposal to submit to the faculty for consideration. The proposal must conform to the ROSE Model and include a substantial bibliography. See for more information. The proposal must be submitted to the dean's office no later than one week before the last, regularly scheduled faculty meeting of the semester prior to the one in which the student intends to pursue the directed reading.