Professor Bates came to Heidelberg in 2007, after teaching and working clinically and academically at his alma mater, Millikin University. At Millikin, Professor Bates served as a faculty member, clinical education coordinator, and provided clinical coverage for Football, Men's Basketball and Men's & Women's Outdoor Track and Field. Prof. Bates brings a passionate and progressive approach to the development of the faculty and students, both academically and clinically. In previous positions, he has provided educational and/or clinical services at high school, NJCAA, NCCAA, NCAA Division I & III athletic levels. His clinical work experience also includes patient care in orthopedic and sports medicine physician offices (as a physician extender) and outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation and sports enhancement settings.
Prof. Bates has over 10 years of teaching experience in Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited programs. Professor Bates has taught most major coursework within athletic training as well as coursework within disciplines of health sciences, physical education, kinesiology and exercise science. He is a versatile educator who addresses students' learning styles and works to prepare them to become competent and functional professionals. His research and professional interests include comparison of IQ and emotional intelligence (EI), faculty and staff recruiting procedures, student learning, success and retention and accreditation/assessment processes.
Although Professor Bates does not have direct clinical responsibilities but loves to be present everywhere AT and Health Science students can be found! Since coming to Heidelberg, Professor Bates has been professionally active off campus by giving presentations at national, regional and state conferences, serving as sub-chair of the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association (OATA) AT Student Committee and Student Senate, Vice President of Intra-Association Affairs of the OATA overseeing several committees within the organization and serving as a member of the Executive Committee. On campus, Prof. Bates has served (or is serving) as a member of the Student Research Conference Committee, member of the Wellness Committee, chair and member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, member of the Higher Learning Commission Re-Affirmation of Accreditation Steering Committee, member of the Academic Prioritization Committee, member of the Academic Leadership Team, directed student research projects and annually serves with students and faculty as a professional medical volunteer for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon....among other activities.
In 2012, Professor Bates was named Associate Dean of the Health Sciences Division and has since the led the division through a curriculum revision and creation of new minors and majors. The Health Sciences Division includes two departments, with four majors, two minors, eight faculty & staff members with a part time administrative assistant and the clinical sports medicine program.
- Director, Athletic Training Program (2007 - current)
- Vice President, Ohio Athletic Trainers Association (2012 - current)
- Member of the Heidelberg Faculty Delegation teaching Conversational English at Tianjin Normal University in Tianjin, China (2010)
- Guided implementation of the Health Sciences major (2011-2012), Health & Human Performance major (2012-2013), Wellness minor (2012-2013), Sports Management minor (2012-2013)