Professor, Human Resource & Leadership Development
Office: 279 Coates Hall
Reid Bates, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Human Resource and Leadership Development Program at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, LA where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in human resource development. Reid’s major areas of scholarly interest are training transfer and workforce development, areas in which he has been an active researcher and practitioner for nearly 20 years. Reid has published over 150 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals, books, conference proceedings, and technical reports. Dr. Bates is co-developer of the Learning Transfer Systems Inventory (LTSI), the only valid learning transfer system assessment tool in the world. He, along with his LSU colleague Dr. Ed Holton, has partnered with researchers in various parts of the world to translate the LTSI into 17 languages.
Dr. Bates has received a number of awards from the Academy for Human Resource Development for his research and publishing activity. These include the 2004 Human Resource Development Scholar of the Year Award and the 2001 and 2009 Richard A. Swanson Distinguished Research Award. In 2005, he was nominated for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) Faculty of the Year Award. Reid’s outstanding scholarship has led to his service as a reviewer or editorial board member for a number of scholarly publications including New Perspectives in Learning, Performance and Change, Human Resource Development International, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Journal of European Industrial Training, Personnel Review, Educational Research and Evaluation, Evaluation and Program Planning, and Advances in Developing Human Resources. In 2009, Reid was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant and completed an 11-month research and teaching effort at the International University of Management in Windhoek, Namibia.
Dr. Bates has a strong commitment to moving research and theoretical advances in human resource development into real-world practice. This is reflected in a long history of work with a variety of private and public sector organizations in Louisiana and other States. These activities have included organizational performance analysis, development and implementation of supervisory and managerial competency models, performance appraisals, job analysis and task inventories, process mapping and reengineering, training needs analysis, team skills analysis, customer service assessments, program evaluations, learning transfer system analyses and improvement, and the design and implementation of workforce development plans and strategies.
In addition, Dr. Bates is a former Peace Corps volunteer (Swaziland ’85-’89), an experience that gave rise to his deep interest in international human resource capacity building and workforce system development. As a result, Dr. Bates has spent nearly a decade working in various parts of Africa and the Asia/Pacific region on a wide range of capacity building and workforce system development projects. Examples include the development of vocational training programs and teacher training programs, job analyses, workforce system planning, eHealth competency modeling, and strategic planning for community health worker development and management. Since 2010, in addition to his position at LSU, Reid has served as an Adjunct Research Professor in the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. The Payson Center is part of Tulane’s Law School and includes a multidisciplinary faculty working to promote sustainable human development through education, research, and service. In this capacity, Reid spent 2011 in Rwanda working as Senior Technical Advisor for Human Resources in Health with the Ministry of Health/Rwanda to support improved human resource development systems in the health sector.