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Reid Bates

Reid Bates

Human Resource and Leadership Development Program
School of Human Resource Education & Leadership Development
LSU College of Human Sciences & Education

What was your previous position and where?

Prior to coming to LSU, I was working in Cameroon, West Africa, as training coordinator for CHP International, where I designed and delivered vocational teacher training for American Peace Corps volunteers working in Cameroon. I am a former Peace Corps volunteer (Swaziland 85-89), an experience that gave rise to a deep interest in international human resource capacity building and workforce system development.

What brought you to LSU?

I came to LSU in 1993 on an LSU Graduate School Fellowship, a four-year full scholarship with stipend, the most prestigious scholarship award made to Ph.D. students at LSU.

What is your research interest?

My major areas of scholarly interest are training effectiveness, learning transfer and workforce development, areas in which I have been an active researcher and practitioner for nearly 20 years.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

I believe deeply in the value of international experience and would like to see an increased emphasis on global competency and perspective integrated at every layer at LSU. This includes better integration of global issues in curriculum, increased recruitment of international students, promotion of study abroad for LSU students, increased institutional support for international partnerships and linkages, and recognition for faculty involvement in international projects.

What are your major accomplishments?

I have spent a decade working in Africa and the Asia/Pacific region on a wide range of capacity building and workforce system development projects. Most recently, I spent 2011 in Rwanda, where I served 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. In 2009, I was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant and completed an 11-month appointment at the International University of Management in Windhoek, Namibia, where I conducted research and taught courses in the management and development of human resources for health.

I have published more than 150 manuscripts including peer reviewed journals articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and technical reports. I am co-developer of the Learning Transfer Systems Inventory, or LTSI, the only valid learning transfer system assessment tool in the world. I have partnered with researchers throughout the world to conduct training effectiveness research using the LTSI, which has been translated into 17 languages. I am also an active practitioner and have provided leadership and technical expertise to Louisiana state government and other private and public sector organizations on strategic planning for human resource capacity building investments, the assessment of training and performance improvement needs, job analyses, the development of competency models, team skills analyses, curriculum development, test validation, and the design and implementation of education and training programs.


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