Dr. Battles has been teaching literature, writing, and women’s studies classes at Texas Wesleyan since 1992. “I love to teach literature because I love it myself. I love to read and talk about it. I love being at home, reading a novel, but being able to claim I’m preparing for a class.”
She especially enjoys the sophomore literature survey class because it is a general education requirement and sometimes means introducing students to literature. “Some of the students may not have liked literature before and it is really nice to get them interested in it. It is fulfilling for me to see how their attitude changes about literature.”
Dr. Battles enjoys interacting with, and learning from, the students. “I always tell my students I’ll meet them half way. My role is as a facilitator of learning. I can provide information and the right atmosphere, but students have to actually do the learning.”
Her goal for herself is at least two presentations at conferences each year on pedagogy and literature analysis. Her favorite conferences are the national College English Association and the regional Conference of College Teachers of English and Texas College English Association. Dr. Battles is also involved with the Wesleyan Scholars Honor Program, and has been director since its creation in 2006.
Ph.D. English – Texas Christian University
M.A. English – University of Oxford (England)
B.A. English – University of Oxford (England)
B.A. General Studies – University of Arizona
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Dr. Battles is the mother of three boys and has been married for more than 25 years. She enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking, running, and scuba diving. She is part of two book clubs, which allows her to read a lot of popular fiction and non-fiction.