SEBTS Visiting Scholar Program

Did you know that Southeastern Seminary maintains the Southeastern Visiting Scholar Program to benefit scholars from other evangelical institutions? Might you be one of those scholars?

This program offers visiting professors the opportunity to participate in the academic community at Southeastern, and affords us the opportunity to enrich and support the academic research and writing of a visiting professor during his or her sabbatical leave. At SEBTS, we want to express our friendship and support our shared work in the gospel with other evangelical institutions. The visiting scholar program is a focused way for us to recognize and support men and women who already contribute to our school through their teaching and writing ministries. The program, then, is for scholars who teach in a discipline that complements the mission and vision of Southeastern Seminary.

In this program, visiting professors are provided:

1) a furnished apartment

2) a research office

3) a research assistant

4) full access to all library resources, and

5) direct support from library staff.

During their time at Southeastern, scholars are also involved in the broader academic community. This involvement occurs at formal and informal levels that may include roundtable discussions, individual lectures or other presentations, teaching a course, and conversations with various faculty and students. In 2012, Ray Van Neste, Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of the Ryan Center at Union University, utilized the program to great benefit. Here’s his take:

The Southeastern Visiting Scholar Program is a wonderful program resulting from the great vision of collaboration and hospitality at SEBTS. I had a great time as part of this program during my sabbatical. My family had a wonderful time on campus, and I deeply enjoyed the interaction and fellowship with SEBTS faculty. Not only was I able to get a lot of work done on my projects, but I was also was encouraged and intellectually stimulated by the informal discussions with faculty and students. I heartily commend this program to anyone who has the opportunity to take advantage of it.

We encourage you to consider taking similar advantage of this program. Interested scholars may apply for the Southeastern Visiting Scholar Program by sending a CV, brief description of research goals for the leave, and sabbatical schedule to Dr. Keith Whitfield (

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