Coleman Patterson is
Professor of Management and Leadership and the Director of the
Program at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.
In that position, he teaches courses in leadership, management, and organization
theory as well as special topics and leadership workshop courses.
Before assuming his position with the
Leadership Studies Program in 2004, Coleman served four years as Associate Dean of the
Kelley College of Business at Hardin-Simmons University.
While serving as associate dean, he taught courses in
organizational behavior, leadership, management, entrepreneurship, e-commerce,
methods in his university's business programs. He also taught management
courses at the University of Alabama and Ouachita Baptist University.
Patterson taught undergraduate and graduate
business courses at The International
University in Vienna, Austria during the 2007, 2008, and 2009 summer
terms. He had students
from 33 different countries in his international human resource
management, e-commerce, organizational behavior, and
statistics/research methods courses.
From 1999-2008, Patterson
the HSU Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow for
HSU Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)which
of business, management, and economics projects in and around Abilene, Texas.
He is known by his students
as one who is full of energy and excitement and as someone who cares deeply for his
students and who expects them to learn. His
classes tend to be interactive, lively, and out
Patterson graduated from the
University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a
major in finance and a Master of Education degree in higher education leadership. He earned an Educational Specialist degree in
educational research and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in management from the
University of Alabama. He earned additional
post-graduate hours in entrepreneurship through Baylor University,
in marketing through
Dallas Baptist University and West Texas A&M University,
and in sport and recreation management through Hardin-Simmons
Patterson is author
of Management Briefs: Management and Leadership Theory Made
Simple and Business Briefs: Business Theory Made Simple
and co-author of two
editions of The Editor in Chief: A Management
Guide for Magazine Editors.
He has published leadership and management articles in the Journal of Leadership Studies, The Journal of Management Systems, and Psychological Reports. He has presented papers at a variety of
professional conferences, including: Academy of
Management, Southern Management Association,
Southwest Academy of Management, and the International Association of Management. He received two best paper awards for
his researchone through the Academy of
Management Research Methods Division and the other through the Leaders and Leadership Division of the International
Association of Management.
In addition to his writing
and teaching, Coleman has led numerous professional workshops for faculty and staff of
Hardin-Simmons University and Ouachita Baptist University, for ministers and church leaders in southwest Arkansas, and for dozens of
community organizations and school groups.
Patterson's career in higher
education began soon after his high school graduation with the Campus Shop and Bookstore
on the University of Florida campus. Through his undergraduate years at UF, he
worked at the bookstore's Central Office Supply and warehouse. After graduation, he
worked in financial aid, advising, and assessment staff positions at Santa Fe Community
College (Gainesville, Florida) and the University of Florida. He worked briefly as a
staff member at Lake City Community College (Lake City, Florida) and the University of
Alabama. He worked for three years as a
teaching assistant and two years as a research assistant at the University of
Alabama. He served as a faculty member at Ouachita Baptist University and as a
faculty member and administrator at Hardin-Simmons University.
In addition to his
experiences in higher education, Coleman also has experience with churches, volunteer
organizations, sports teams, and musical performance groups. He is the
owner and head instructor of
Texas Martial Arts Center, dabbles in e-commerce and web design, and
owns rental property in Abilene, Texas.