Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Academic Support Services

Academic Advising

Advising within the School of Divinity is initially provided by the Associate Dean for all newly admitted students. Early in the first semester of the student’s course of study, an advisor is assigned to each student based upon the student’s choice of concentration. The advisor will usually be an instructor whose specialty is in the area of the student’s concentration. Academic advising occurs in conjunction with pre-registration each semester. In addition, each student will meet for an extended conference with his/her advisor once during each thirty-hour segment of the degree program. These conferences address academic issues and the student’s personal and spiritual formation.

The names of advisors are posted each semester for the benefit of students who may not otherwise be aware of their advisor’s identity. Faculty advisors are responsible for communicating with students related to preregistration and mentor conferences. Students are not routinely provided with their registration pin numbers apart from specific contact and communication with their advisor.

Information related to important deadlines is provided by the Administrative Assistant of the School of Divinity to all students through mass email notices. Such information is provided on multiple occasions to ensure that students have access to important issues they must address.

University Writing Center

Matthew Duffus, Director

The University Writing Center, located in the Tucker Student Center, offers free assistance to all Gardner-Webb University students on any problem related to writing. Qualified graduate and undergraduate students, under the direction of a faculty specialist in writing, provide individual and group tutoring and answer questions upon request. Students who live off campus can receive Writing Center services via telephone or videoconferencing software.

Dover Memorial Library

Pam Dennis, Dean

The Dover Memorial Library is an active and integral part of the University’s academic program. The Library’s collections, available on open stacks, support all areas of the curriculum and include 172,000 print books, nearly 12,000 bound periodicals, and many other materials such as DVDs, CDs, and computer files. The Library has access to over 600,000 eBooks, nearly 150,000 journal titles in 150+ electronic databases, and is a selective depository for federal government documents.

In addition to its collections, the Library provides numerous services to reinforce and enhance the instructional process for both on-and off-campus students. The University Archives features the Fay Webb Gardner Papers, the Kings Mountain Baptist Association records, and University and local church ephemera. The Digital Commons holds digitized copies of archival materials as well as faculty and student scholarship.

Professional librarians are available for individual and group instruction. Several opportunities for research instruction are available: live chat, email, phone, or face-to-face appointment. Interlibrary loan, audiovisual, and production (lamination, color copies, posters, etc.) services are available. The Library’s homepage,, provides access to our online catalog and databases as well as information about the Library facility, resources, services, and policies. Off-campus students will be prompted for the WebbConnect username and password in order to access the Library’s subscription databases.

Library Privileges

Off-campus students may use the Interlibrary Loan service in order to request books held in the Dover Memorial Library or in another library. Those books will be mailed to the student’s home and must be returned to the Dover Memorial Library. Journal articles requested through Interlibrary Loan will be sent electronically to the student’s email. Library privileges require compliance with stated policies affecting return of materials. Failure to comply may result in fines and suspension of check-out and Interlibrary Loan privileges.

Noel Center for Disability Resources

Cheryl Potter, Associate Dean

The Noel Center for Disability Resources provides accommodations and services to qualifying students with disabilities. Upon acceptance to the University, the student should register for services by filling out the Request for Services form on the Center’s homepage. Professional documentation of the disability and its functional limitations should be sent to the Noel Center for Disability Resources. Once eligibility has been determined the student is assigned an Accessibility Advisor who will collaboratively work with the student to determine the appropriate accommodations and services. This person will work with the student throughout his or her time at Gardner-Webb. Some of the accommodations/services that may be provided if the student has supportive documentation include, but are not limited to, note-takers, extended-time testing, materials in alternative format, lab assistants, interpreters, orientation and mobility training, and use of adaptive technology. The student may receive help in developing effective study skills as well as organizational and test-taking strategies.