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Dr. Martin Batts

Professor of English and Biblical Studies

Email: MartinBatts@letu.edu
Office Phone:  903-233-3383

Martin Batts is in his third decade of teaching at LeTourneau University. Prior to coming to LeTourneau, he taught high school English, speech and Bible at a Christian high school in Chicago. Martin also worked with the American Bible Society, was a campus minister at Drake University, and served as dean of a short-term Bible school.

"A major reason why I am teaching at LeTourneau University is that I enjoy the opportunity to be creative in the use of various teaching techniques such as the Socratic method, group discussions, readers' theater, and community service projects. I try to create an interest in learning on the part of students by getting them to think, critique, and reflect on the information they receive. I see my role as a co-partner with students in the learning process."

Martin is a two-time recipient of the Selby Award, an honor presented annually by the LeTourneau University faculty to the outstanding Teaching Scholar. When he's not in the classroom, Martin enjoys spending time with his wife and two grown children or engaging in his favorite sport--pitching horseshoes.

Education 

  • Ph.D., University of Dallas (1983). Major--Literature; Minor--Philosophy.
  • M.A. University of Dallas (1981). Major--Literature; Minor--Philosophy.
  • S.T.M. (Master of Sacred Theology) Dallas Theological Seminary (1976).
  • M.Div., cum laude, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1973).
  • B.A., Calvin College (1965). Major--English; Minor--History.

Papers 

  • "The Clergyman as Pictured in the Victorian Poetry of Arnold, Coleridge, and Hardy." South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature. January, 2000.
  • "Poetry in Paradise: The Place of the Arts in Plato's Republic." South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature. February, 1999.
  • "Learning to Write from C.S. Lewis." East Texas Writers Association. April, 1998.
  • "Four Loves in Shakespeare's King Lear." South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature. February, 1998.
  • "The Gospel According to Shakespeare." Kilgore Ministerial Alliance. May, 1997.
  • "To Be or Not To Be Alone: Solitude and Community in Shakespeare's Hamlet and Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra." South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature. February, 1997.
  • "Flannery O'Connor's Attempt to Recover a Still Point in a Turning World." North East Conference on Christianity and Literature. October, 1996.
  • "The Opening of the American Mind." American Society of Engineering Education Conference, Baylor University. 1995.
  • "The Search for Meaning in Modern Literature." South Central Modern Language Association. 1994.
  • "The Search for a Still Point in a Turning World, and Relativism's Failure to Find It." Wheaton Theology Conference. 1992.
  • "Faulkner and Hawthorne: What Has Oxford to Do with Salem?" South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature. 1990.
  • "Signposts of Transcendence in Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood." College Council of Texas English. 1990.

Publications 

  • "Flannery O'Connor: Good and Evil in a Relativistic World." Proceedings, North East Conference on Christianity and Literature, 1995.
  • "The Opening of the American Mind." Proceedings, American Society of Engineering Education Conference, 1995.
  • C.S. Lewis: The Man and His Works. The Institute of Professional Development, LeTourneau University, 1992.
  • Ethics in the Workplace. The Institute of Professional Development, LeTourneau University, 1992.

Awards and Grants

  • Robert H. Selby Teaching Scholar Award, 2000, 1987.
  • Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year, LeTourneau College Senior Class, 1984-85.

Professional Activities

  • LeTourneau University Speakers Bureau
  • South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature
  • American Association of Philosophy Teachers
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
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