Director, International Studies Program
Professor, Human Resource & Leadership Development
W.H. ‘Bill’ LeBlanc Endowed Alumni Professorship
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.
Dr. Bates is also the Director of the International Studies Program at Louisiana State University. The International Studies Program (ISP) aspires to elevate the awareness and understanding of the complexity and diversity of the contemporary world among students and faculty at LSU, and contribute to national and international discourses on globalization and diversity. The Program’s mission is threefold: 1) to provide students with a critical understanding of the world; 2) to create a forum for interdisciplinary exchange among faculty and students in different departments at LSU and with other universities for discussing matters of international and global significance; and 3) to organize public events which stimulate interest in and provide a critical perspective on international and global issues.
The International Studies Program itself offers a BA degree in International Studies, with nine concentrations and a minor in International Studies, also with nine concentrations. The degree program is relatively demanding, prescribing 62 hours of coursework out of the 120 required for the degree. Students may choose from nine concentrations and must select both a regional and a thematic focus. Regional concentrations include Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Middle East & North Africa. Thematic concentrations include Global Diplomacy, Global Cultures, Global Studies, and Environment & Development. All majors select and primary and secondary area of concentration. Students are required to take 6 semesters (20 hours) of foreign language related to their area of concentration. Relevant languages offered at LSU are French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Italian, and German.
The Director of the ISP represents the International Studies faculty to the administration and the community. He/she is responsible for fundraising and grant-writing, administering the finances, and negotiating the budget. He/she prepares annual and other reports for the unit as well as annual evaluation of members of the International Studies Coordinating Committee and others who choose to receive an International Studies evaluation. The Director coordinates activities and functions of the program.
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