Dr. Mark Ledbetter, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies since
B.A., Auburn University; M.Div., Duke University; Certificate, University of Durham, England; Ph.D., Emory University
Where else have you been employed?
Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia; Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama; Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi; Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
Did you always want to teach?
At first, I wanted to teach and coach baseball and football at the high school level. Then I wanted to do forestry, but soon came back to teaching.
What is the highlight of your academic career thus far?
I find the classroom one of the most exciting and invigorating spaces I know. I’m not sure I can choose a particular moment. I’ve published books, articles etc., but the moment I close the door to our classroom, the possibilities are endless. I can’t remember a “bad” class. Maybe the short answer is being a teacher.
What’s your favorite color?
My mother said I never had one as a child. When asked this question as a kid, I would say, “what works now.” That hasn’t changed. My favorite color has always been the one that “fits” the moment, which means I get surprised.
Favorite places to eat in the Capital Region?
Favorite TV shows?
I watch so little that I can be attracted to anything. I do love “Dr. Who,” though.
What is the last book your read?
Per Petterson’s “I Refuse”
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
No superpower. I want to be Batman