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Rodney Bates

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Rodney Bates
Director of Graduate Students and
Postdoctoral Retention and Support
OU Graduate College

Rodney's Coaching Mindset: "I believe that coaching is providing guidance and evaluating outcomes to build a successful strategy.”

Higher Education Background:

  • Bachelor's- Psychology, University of Central Oklahoma.
  • Masterr's- Adult Education, University of Central Oklahoma.
  • PhD- Educational Leadership and Policy, The University of Oklahoma.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Working out.
  • Watching Netflix.

Top Life Defining Moments in Higher Education:

  • Maintaining personal motivation.
  • Accepting a job in higher education, which lead me to where I am today.
  • Becoming passionate about working with students.

While in college, I experienced:

  • Balancing work and school.
  • Being undecided on a major.
  • Difficulty building and managing successful study systems
  • Not having a sense of belonging.
  • Financial stress.
  • Being a first-generation college student.
  • A lack of a positive support network.
  • Being a part of a Greek organization
  • Academic motivation challenges.
  • Overcoming daily challenges through resiliency.