As you progress through the DMin program a number of individuals will assist you:
Dr. Jody Linkletter
Associate Director of Doctoral Studies
Lecturer in Youth and Family Ministries
Associate Director: Works with the Director and the Program Director to provide academic and administrative support for D.Min. students, including facilitating Directed Studies, Ministry Mentoring and Reflection experiences, Comprehensive Evaluations, Thesis examinations, etc.
Dr. John McNally
Program Director, Doctor of Ministry
Lecturer in Practical Theology
Program Director: Provides oversight, leadership, and management of the program and interviews potential incoming students.
Dr. Anna Robbins
Director of Doctoral Studies
Professor of Theology, Culture, and Ethics
Director: Provides overall academic and strategic development of the program.
Visiting Instructors: Often experts are invited to teach courses within the D. Min. program as Visiting Instructors. These instructors enrich the program by bringing expertise beyond that of the residential faculty.
Ministry Mentor: As part of your required Ministry Mentoring and Reflection course, to help you grow in your understanding and practice of ministry, you will be paired with a mentor for a nine-month period. This seasoned ministry leader will meet with you monthly to give you an opportunity to reflect on your ministry. You will be given the opportunity to suggest the names of several possible candidates who live near you and could serve in this role. Normally, this seasoned ministry practitioner will possess an earned doctorate and have more than 10 years of ministry experience.
Spiritual Director: Following completion of the elective course in Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders, you may enroll in the Spiritual Formation Practicum. In this course you will be paired with a trained Spiritual Director who will meet with you monthly over the course of a year to help you grow deeper in your relationship with Christ.
Thesis Supervisor: A supervisor for your thesis will be appointed once the faculty approves your thesis proposal and you complete all courses, including your Comprehensive Evaluation. You will be given the opportunity to suggest the names of several possible candidates who could serve in this role. The Director will make the final decision in consultation with you. Typically, the Thesis Supervisor is either a member of the Acadia faculty or a practitioner who has expertise in the area of ministry you would like to explore in your research. The Thesis Supervisor will possess an earned doctorate from a recognized school.
Thesis Committee: When the Director and your Thesis Supervisor are confident that your thesis is complete and ready for defense, the Director will appoint a committee to examine you and your thesis. Typically, the thesis committee is made up of an internal reader (from the Acadia faculty) and an external reader (from outside the faculty), your thesis supervisor. The Director, Associate Director, or another member of faculty serves as chair of the thesis defense. Typically, the defense lasts about two hours. Most students enjoy their defense as it allows you to discuss an area of deep interest with others who have read and understand your views.