The Rev. Beth Herrinton-Hodge, an academic coach and adjunct instructor at the Jefferson Community and Technical College (Shelby County) and Shelby County Adult Education, has been named Director of the Academic Support Center at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Herrinton-Hodge (pictured*), who is an ordained Teaching Elder and a Certified Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will begin her work at the seminary on August 22, 2016.
As Louisville Seminary’s Academic Support Center (ASC) Director, Herrinton-Hodge will oversee the center’s programs which assist students, faculty and staff with the various aspects of academic writing, critical analysis, study skills and reading. The center’s services include one-on-one and group tutorials in research and writing, English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring for international students, an online writing lab, and accommodations for students with learning disabilities.
“I see my work in academic coaching as a form of ministry because it allows me to draw on my passion for education as well as my skills in reading and writing to support students in working toward their dreams and their future,” said Herrinton-Hodge. “I am especially pleased that the ASC assists international students with ESL and those needing special accommodations because of disabilities. I consider advocating for learning-needs accommodations a work of justice.”
Louisville Seminary Dean Susan Garrett said that Herrinton-Hodge brings an ideal combination of relevant education, work experience and pastoral identity to the position of ASC Director. “I am impressed not only by her credentials but also by her joyful spirit,” said Garrett. “By nature a collaborative person, she is eager to work with the faculty and the seminary’s academic support personnel to help our students thrive.”
Herrinton-Hodge holds a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from Ohio University. *Photo credit: Cheryl Rankin Van Stockum