Campus News

August 27, 2010

What's new in the schools

Nearly 200 students representing 28 denominations are new to Candler School of Theology this fall, bringing the school’s total headcount to 454. Candler also welcomes Arun Jones to the faculty as the Hankey Chair in World Evangelism.

Candler continues its yearlong emphasis on internationalization by welcoming two leading figures from the global theological community: The Rev. Dr. Margot Kässmann, former head of the Protestant church in Germany, is serving this fall as Distinguished Theologian-in-Residence; and The Rev. Dr. Beauty Maenzanise, dean of the theology faculty at Africa University in Zimbabwe, is the 2010-2011 McDonald Chair in the Study of Jesus and Culture. Both will offer public lectures during their tenures at Candler.

The Laney Graduate School welcomes 366 new students, selected from a record-breaking applicant pool of more than 4,700.

Among new students, LGS welcomes its first cohort in the Master’s in Development Practice program, part of an international network of programs designed to combine academic training with professional experience to train a new generation of development professionals. Among returning students, LGS welcomes the first cohort to enroll in the certificate program in Translational Science, a multidisciplinary program for PhD students who seek to conduct research at the interface between basic science and clinical medicine.

The Project on Scholarly Integrity enters its second year. Funded by a grant from the Council of Graduate Schools and the U.S. Office of Research Integrity, the project is developing a process-oriented program in research ethics and integrity, paying close attention to the unique pedagogical challenges of Responsible Conduct of Research awareness and training.

This fall the Rollins School of Public Health opens the 190,000-square-foot Claudia Nance Rollins Building and will begin renovations to the Grace Crum Rollins Building. The expansion project more than doubles the physical size of the school and raises its visibility as one of the nation’s top schools of public health.

RSPH will also welcome 466 first-year students — its largest entering class ever — which includes 70 international students representing 28 countries and 23 fellows. In addition, 433 students will join the RSPH dual-degree program to combine a public health curriculum with studies in law, business, medicine, divinity, nursing and physician assistantship.

Also new to Rollins is a school-based Practical Experience Program for MPH and MSPH students, and a complex global humanitarian emergencies program that addresses global health and international development issues along with the security factors that are unique to emergencies.

Emory College welcomes new dean Robin Forman, a mathematics scholar who comes to Emory from Rice University, and 11 other new faculty. The 1,356 students of the class of 2014 hail from 47 states and 24 countries, and 51 percent are students of color.

In addition to the new faces at the College, there are a number of recently added programs and important changes, including the introduction of more flexible General Education Requirements and a media studies minor offered through the Department of Film Studies.

A new advising system, Pre-major Advising Connections at Emory (PACE), matches first-year students with faculty and peer advisors who share similar interests. Students meet with advisors one-on-one and attend a series of informational meetings that help ease the transition to college life. Emory College has also instituted the Health Sciences Mentoring Office, which provides advice on academic, research, clinical, and service experiences tailored to students interested in health science careers.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing enrolled 230 students this fall — the largest class of students in the school’s history. Students in the class of 2012 hail from 16 different states and will bring a wealth of diversity, work experience and academic excellence to the school. Increased interest in advanced practice nursing has contributed to this year’s growth. Applications to the school’s nurse practitioner programs grew by 16 percent overall, but interest in the pediatric primary care and pediatric acute care programs increased by 112 percent and 71 percent, respectively.

The School of Nursing’s administration is also expanding this year with the addition of an associate dean for academic advancement, a new assistant dean for admission and student services, and four new faculty members. The areas of expertise for new faculty include reminiscence therapy among the geriatric population; self-management strategies for patients with chronic diseases; sleep and workplace fatigue and cervical cancer prevention and treatment.

From 4,584 applications — one of the largest applicant pools in the law school’s history — Emory Law welcomes more than 280 students to its first-year class. The incoming class represents 37 different states, five foreign countries and 124 undergraduate institutions. Some of the outstanding new students include a firefighter from northern California, a national champion college debater, a professional soccer player and an oil and gas engineer, as well as several students who served in the military and in Teach for America.

New for the 2010-2011 academic year is an updated curriculum for first-year students, better positioning them for successful careers in legal practice. Key changes include the addition of a required course in Legislation and Regulation and the creation of an elective course option during the second semester, giving students the option to explore possible areas of interest or get a head start on a specific area.

Goizueta Business School starts the academic year with new concentrations, research centers and faculty. New professors join in the areas of finance, marketing, information systems and operations management and accounting with research in politics, sports, asset pricing, operations, executive compensation, behavioral economics and social networks.

Undergraduate students can now focus studies on film management. Others in degree programs will join in the start of a new Center for Marketing Analytics (EmoryMAC), which plans to develop state-of-the-art decision support models and analyses and train students and executives to better leverage technologies and processes. EmoryMAC plans to expand its reach in partnerships with major corporations.

The staff at Goizueta is also in the midst of re-designing the school’s website, aiming to launch in the fall with new features, a fresh look and an official blog to highlight the lives, accomplishments and research of alumni, students and faculty.

Oxford College welcomes its largest freshman class ever, numbering nearly 550. The Class of 2014 includes students from 38 states and 20 countries, with 46 percent from the Southeast, including 26 percent from Georgia. These students also have set a record on credentials, arriving with the highest SAT/ACT scores of any Oxford entering class. With a total student body of more than 850, Oxford has already achieved its five-year goal for enrollment expansion.

To accommodate these larger numbers, Branham and East residence halls that were decommissioned a few years ago have been extensively refurbished and brought back online to expand the number of residential units, and additional faculty and campus life staff have been hired.

This year, Emory University School of Medicine (SOM) welcomes 140 first-year medical students. Selected from a pool of more than 5,700 applicants, the Class of 2014 is the largest in the medical school’s history. It is also among the most diverse, with more women (76) than men (64); and students from all over the world.

Information about new faculty joining the SOM can be found at:

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program matriculated 63 students in the Class of 2013 in mid-June, their largest class ever, represented by students from 23 states and Canada, 46 universities and 17 different majors. The program also launched an enhanced curriculum with this new class that includes additional course offerings and content that parallel the goals of the physical therapy profession and continues to prepare the doctor of physical therapy students for the future.

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