TEACHING

Dr. Battle's primary teaching goals are to create a space for students to explore contemporary issues of culture, policy, and social justice through wide-ranging lenses, as well as to broaden perspectives in academic institutions by engaging with diverse communities. To this end, she has developed a pedagogy which advances higher-order thinking, peer learning, and practical application of course concepts. Dr. Battle believes strongly in cross-disciplinary collaboration, and to this end worked with Wake Forest University faculty in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Studio Art to bring students from each department together on a group project working through the question, "How is Wake Forest possible?" Students engaged with the university's relationship to slavery, the prison industrial complex, and contemporary invisible labor, as well as the legacy of Black activism on campus. The students' journeys working together were captured in a digital humanities project.

 

In addition to teaching courses such as Introduction to Sociology, Criminology, Research Methods, Sociology of the Family, Courts and Criminal Procedure, and Social Justice in the Social Sciences, Dr. Battle has been an instructor for the McNair Scholars Program at Temple University, and Project L/Earn and the Paul Robeson Leadership Institute at Rutgers University. These three programs provide underrepresented and first-generation undergraduates with intensive research experiences. In addition, she has worked as a learning specialist with student-athletes for writing courses and study skills.