Agriculture Adjunct Instructor
UTM Ripley Center - Educational Outreach
Walter Battle has served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Tennessee (UT)-Martin Ripley Center since 2009. He teaches a wide array of Agriculture courses including economics, food and fiber systems, principals of Extension, and career preparation. Since 2016, the courses are offered through Distance Learning to the other centers located in Jackson, Selmer, Parsons, and Somerville. What amazes him is how the teaching complements his work as a practicing UT Extension (UTE) professional. He attributes having to teach, requires one to stay abreast of current issues, developing trends, and emerging innovations. However, being an Extension professional enables him to provide real-time feedback to students in regard to textbook theory being put into practice.
Battle has been employed with UTE for 28 years. He currently serves as the County Director for its Brownsville, Tennessee office. Besides supervising and managing that office, he is also responsible for Agricultural and Community Economic Development Extension programs. Presently, he manages the largest Homebuyer Education program in the UTE western region. In 2017, this program provided training for potential homebuyers which resulted in over $4,000,000 of home sales in west Tennessee. A major project he is presently involved with is LEAD95, a County Director leadership and management training program. The project won the 2017 State Epsilon Sigma Phi team award for Outstanding Program Development.
Throughout his tenure with Extension, he has served in many capacities. These include serving: as a faculty member of the Extension Leadership Academy, on the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Governor’s State Economic 3-Star Advisory Board (1995-2002), and chairing the $3.25 million USDA Fayette-Haywood Enterprise Community grant distribution (1995-2005). Battle is certified as a Real Colors® Personality Type facilitator. He regularly conducts leadership and organizational development staff retreats utilizing Real Colors® and Human Synergistics® programs.
Walter a Nashville native, received his B.S. in Animal Science (1987) and M.S. Agricultural Science (1992) from Tennessee State University. He is currently enrolled in the UT-Chattanooga Learning and Leadership Doctoral program. Battle is a graduate and lifetime member of the WestStar Leadership program. Through this experience he recognized the importance of the need to implement regional planning concepts and the importance of public and private sector collaboration.
Besides the previous mentioned award, Battle has received numerous other honors, including being recognized in 2004 by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) for Outstanding Newsletter Development and in 2007 as a Distinguished Service Award. He also received the Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s Rising Star Award in 2010.
Walter enjoys gardening, cooking, studying leadership and organization development, and jazz. He is married to the former Doris Scott (UTM 1981), who nationally provides executive educational leadership and managerial development training for a Washington D.C. based company. They are the proud parents of Max (UTM, 2013) a logician and Paige (UTC, 2015) a middle school teacher.