Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of profiles of new, full-time faculty who have recently joined the Keuka community.
New to the Keuka faculty this fall in the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) is Samuel Bateman, who is teaching classes in managerial accounting, managerial finances and decision-making to students in both the bachelor’s and master’s degree management programs.
The Colorado transplant is completing a transition to full-time academia after spending nearly 30 years in software sales, business development and international sales and marketing. Starting in 2005, Bateman began teaching part-time at North Carolina Wesleyan College and Wake-Forest University. He next taught online and international business courses for Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, as well as some international business classes for the undergraduate program at Walden University, which operates online programs from headquarters in Minnesota.
Bateman, now a Rochester resident, holds two master’s degrees – one in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MBA from North Carolina State University.
“I’ll be able to relate to the ASAP students because I obtained both of my master’s degrees while working full-time,” Bateman said.
He is currently completing a doctorate of business administration at Walden University, with a target completion in 2013. While his dissertation has a theme of international business, the focus is on the affect of culture on international academic programs.
“For those who aren’t familiar with intercultural communication, a gentleman named Gert Hofstede created an international model because people in different cultures view time, money, family, women, authoritarianism, and other considerations,” Bateman said. “There have been many studies and papers over the years as to how apply international management to create better communication across cultures. I’d like to apply Hofstede’s model to better create and manage international academic programs – that’s it in a nutshell.”
Bateman said that Keuka’s emphasis on international partnerships in education was a draw. His own background includes service as a Peace Corps volunteer, where he said he developed an interest in “all thing international.”
“I’ve traveled to 40 cultures and spent three and-a-half years living in Latin America under a military dictatorship. Eventually, my goal is to have the opportunity to teach in the international academic programs,” he said. “I felt this was a great opportunity to move into full-time academia, and my long-term goal to leverage my education and background in international education was a big factor, too.”