Crystal Sellers Battle

2015 Faculty Lecturer

Kate Spike, M.A.


Kate Spike, assistant professor of English, presented the 2015 Presidential Scholarship Competition lecture. The 2016 lecturer will be announced at a later date.

A 1993 Bluffton graduate, Kate Spike has always been interested in travel and culture. Her first foray abroad was as a high school sophomore as part of a select student peace-making delegation sent to the then-Soviet Union under Gorbachev’s Glasnost or “Openness” initiative. Her love of exploring the world and its peoples led Spike to graduate study in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Since that time, Spike has traveled to dozens of countries and lived in places like the Czech Republic and, most recently, Japan.


Spike’s current travel passion is Botswana, the site of her ongoing dissertation research on the development of literacy and bilingualism in highly rural settings. Spike is in her fifth year as faculty at Bluffton University after holding positions at the University of West Bohemia, St. Michael’s College, the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, and Bowling Green State University. In addition to teaching courses in TESOL, English language, and writing, Spike serves as the current chair of the Cross-Cultural Committee and leads student groups to Botswana.


In her lecture, Spike discussed how learning is enriched and enabled by our coming into contact with those who think and live in different ways.