SLHRD's Dr. Reid Bates Named Director of LSU International Studies


LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) professor Dr. Reid Bates was named Director of the LSU International Studies Program within the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS) effective August 1, 2014.

Dr. Bates will divide his time between CHSS and SLHRD where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in human resource development.  His major areas of scholarly interest are learning transfer, training effectiveness, and workforce development, areas in which he has been an active researcher and practitioner for nearly 20 years.  Most recently he has been working in the human resources for health (HRH) field addressing issues of health workforce planning and development.

“Dr. Bates’ colleagues at SLHRD congratulate him on this important position,” said SLHRD Director Dr. Ed Holton. “Not only is it an opportunity for him to grow as a professional and in his research, but it also provides a unique resource to our SLHRD students as they pursue international endeavors and furthers the CHSE’s mission to train and produce global citizens.”

Dr. Bates was drawn his new position by his own love and appreciation for travel, which he described as “the most meaningful and rewarding chapters” of his life. Following an experience in the Peace Corps, he spent nearly 10 years living and working overseas, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa. His travels provided endless opportunities to start a family, develop meaningful friendships, and to learn about and work with people of diverse linguistic, economic, and cultural backgrounds.

“These experiences led directly to the development of competencies that have made me more competitive in the job market and which have enabled me to apply my professional skills in human resource development in a variety of contexts.  As a result, I have firsthand knowledge and a deep belief in the importance of the kinds of experiences and broadening world view that the International Studies Program offers to students,” Dr. Bates shared.

His experiences are something he hopes to make available to more LSU students as he steps into his new role. He hopes to take steps toward expanding student access to a variety of internationalizing experiences (e.g., study abroad, international work and research opportunities, student exchange, globally-focused internships), and enhancing the visibility of the International Studies Program both on and off-campus.

“Offering these experiences and providing this kind of learning should be a primary mission of land grant public universities in today's world,” he said. “We need to help students develop a critical understanding of the significant issues that affect us all in a globalized world.  The International Studies program is well positioned to pursue this goal because of the broad interdisciplinary nature of the program, the chance students have to experience different cultures, and the opportunity to examine through different lenses important issues that cut across social, cultural, linguistic, economic, political, geographic, environmental, and historical boundaries.” 

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.