||Dr. Nim Batchelor
Brief Personal Biography
I was born in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 26, 1955. I attended Thomas Jefferson High School
where I played offensive tackle on the football team. I also played ice hockey for a local team.
I attended Texas Tech University from 1974-1978. I majored in Secondary Education and
received a broad field science teacher's certification. I had minors in Chemistry and English.
I played lacrosse on the Tech club team and was selected as a conference all-star one year.
After my stay at Texas Tech, I moved back to Dallas and taught science for two years at North Dallas
High School. I taught Physics, Chemistry, and Earth Science.
I then enrolled in the philosophy department at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln for my graduate
studies. While there, I received my Masters (1984) and Ph.D. (1989)degrees.
I was hired at Elon College in the fall of 1990. I've been teaching in the philosophy
department since that time. I've been the prelaw advisor at Elon since 1992.
I was married to Lily Tzouris in June of 1985. We have two children: Jennifer (1988) and Greg (1991).
I joined the Southern Association of Prelaw Advisors in 1993. I was elected to their leadership
in 1995. I served as President of SAPLA 1998-99. Presidents of regional prelaw advisor
associations are automatically appointed to the Prelaw Advisors National Council (PLANC). During my
service to PLANC, I was elected to be the Registrar for the Third National Conference that was held
in San Diego Nov. 16-18, 2000. Subsequently, I was elected to PLANC's leadership track. I served
as Chair-elect from July 2001-July 2003. I am currently serving as chair of PLANC and will hold that
office until July, 2005. Since being elected chair, I've been appointed to be a member of the
Pre-Law Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. I also serve
as webmaster for PLANC (www.planc.org).
I continue to be Director of the Elon University Prelaw Program. I am faculty advisor to Elon's Phi
Alpha Delta Chapter and to the Mock Trial Team. I also maintain the Prelaw Web site
My dissertation was written on the Philosophy of Law. This continues to be my primary academic
field of interest. I teach a philosophy of law course once a year. Beyond this primary focus,
I've taught the following courses:
- Critical Thinking
- Ethical Practice
- Law and Society
- International Law
- Philosophy of Science
- Political Philosophy
- Economic Justice (team taught with Jim Barbour)
- LSAT Prep
- GRE Prep
- Intro. to Philosophy via Star Trek
I love to travel. When I was a child, my dad was in the Navy Reserves and each summer we would travel to
a different port in the country by car. That, together with my adult travels, has enabled me to say that
I've been in all 48 contiguous states. I've also traveled in Canada, Mexico, England, France, Italy, Germany,
Austria, Belgium, and Switzerland.
Over the years, I've become a fairly good cook. I began working with Chinese cuisine and
I've moved on to Indian and Thai cooking.
I enjoy playing games. I combined my interest in wood working with my interest in games, when
I developed the ability to make
six-piece burr puzzles. I also made a
chess board in a coffee table that now resides in the living room of the philosophy department house.
This is interesting because we run a community chess game on this board. Anyone can make a move in
the game, but you can only make one move per hour. The result is a game without winners or losers.
The aim is for all those who participate to make the game as beautiful as they can. I also enjoy
other manipulative and logic puzzles.
I've been trying to develop skill as a fly-fisherman. Thus far, I've got the technique down. I'm still
working on finding, hooking, and landing a decent size fish. I've developed my skills by catching
blue-gills with my son at the lake on Elon's campus.
Over the years, I've published or written a number of things that might be of interest to a
general audience. A few of those texts are offered here.