DBA, NOVA Southeastern University
MBA, Northern Illinois University
BS, University of North Carolina
As a faculty member for the School of Business and Information Technology, Dr. Cates teaches Strategic Human Resource Management, Employment and Labor Law, Strategic Rewards, and Strategic Selection and Talent Management. He also serves as course lead creating and revising courses on a continual basis for the University.
Dr. Cates has worked professionally in a number of Fortune 100 organizations in human resources management at the local and corporate levels. He has held human resources management positions with Kroehler Manufacturing Co., Miller Brewing Co., Wilsonart International, and Equity Group. Dr. Cates was the director of human resource management for Forsyth Technical Community College prior to becoming assistant professor and department chair for the School of Business for Averett University in Danville, VA, and has taught courses for Valdosta State University in human resources management and organizational behavior. He also created an Associate of Applied Science degree program in human resources management for Rockingham Community College, and taught human resources management and marketing courses for both undergraduate and MBA students at Averett University.
Dr. Cates has authored more than 85 publications in the fields of human resources management and marketing. He has also served on dissertation committees as well as serving as chair of a number of doctoral dissertations. He has also been active in guiding others in research that led to their successful defense of their doctoral dissertations and guiding research projects that led to successful publications in international journals. Of special interest is his work with his MBA and Master of Science in Management and Leadership students at Kaplan University where he has worked with them to create and present their research at academic conferences and having that research published. His work with students and faculty at Kaplan University was recognized with the 2015 Faculty Scholar Award. His research interests are focused on employment discrimination, workplace bullying, leadership for multiple generations, and workplace issues addressing Millennials and Generation Z employees. He presently serves as chair of the School of Business and Information Technology Journal Ranking Committee which determines those academic journals that are approved for faculty publication.