Dr. Gravley received her Ph.D. in Strategic Communication from Regent University. She is an alumna of UNT, receiving her M.S. in Communication Studies in 2012. Her areas of interest include organizational communication, small group, and conflict management. Dr. Gravley believes in creating an environment where students exercise power over their own education, in which they experience independent motivation, possess the ability to create personal goals, and can make personally relevant choices.
Dr. Gravley uses narrative theory throughout her courses as she believes that through telling stories and examining their own life stories, students see the relevance of course concepts in their lives. She believes that meaningful learning—the kind that becomes part of an individual, a function of the way he or she thinks and sees the world—occurs outside the classroom. To that end, she looks for real world problems for students to solve, using course concepts and experiences they have gained within the classroom.
When she is not teaching, Dr. Gravley and her husband are actively involved in their church and enjoy raising cattle on their ranch. They spend their free time with their family and with Ziggy, their Australian Shepherd.