Dr. Steven V. Cates
I have over 30 years of progressive managerial experience. I have worked in Human Resource Management positions at the filed and corporate-levels for Fortune 500 companies such as Burlington Industries, Able Engineering, Kroehler Mfg. Co. Philip-Morris, Iller Brewing Co., Wilsonart International, McDonalds Inc. and Forsyth Technical Community College. I began teaching Human Resource Management at Valdosta State University, and continued teaching at Rockingham Community College, Forsyth Technical Community College, Averett University, NOVA Southeastern University, Columbia Southern University, Liberty University, Bethel University, and Kaplan University. I served Averett University as an Adjunct Graduate Instructor and then as an Assistant Professor and Department Chair of the School of Business for 23 years. I was an Adjunct Graduate Professor of Human Resource Management for the Wayne Huizenga Graduate School of Business at NOVA Southeastern University in Davie, Florida prior to becoming a Graduate Professor of Human Resource Management with the Kaplan University School of Business and Management in 2005 where I have created and taught the HRM courses in all programs. I received my undergraduate degrees in business and economics from the University of North Carolina. I obtained my MBA from Northern Illinois University. I then studied Labor Law at the University of Michigan and Employment Law at the University of Wisconsin. I hold a Doctorate in Business Administration from NOVA Southeastern University with concentrations in both Human Resource Management (1999) and Marketing (2003). I am the 2015 Faculty Scholar for Kaplan University. My research interests are in multiple areas with Human Resources Management such as Employment Discrimination, Employment and Labor Law issues in the U.S, stereotyping and its effects on employment issues, as well as issues of anomia and marketing relationships. I have consulted with a number of clients in areas such as employment law, labor law, employment testing, and talent management. In my spare time I like to be involved in outdoor activities. I have played in band that plays old rhythm and blues and have an extensive guitar collection. I live in the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.