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Dr. Coleman Patterson


Dr. Coleman E. P. Patterson, professor of management and leadership and the director of the Leadership Studies Program, teaches courses in leadership, management, and organization theory as well as special topics and leadership workshop courses. He has served as program director since 2004.

Before assuming his position with the Leadership Studies Program, Patterson 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, and statistics/research methods in his university's business programs.

He also taught management, leadership, and research methods courses at the University of Alabama, Ouachita Baptist University, The International University—Vienna, Austria, and LCC International University—Klaipeda, Lithuania.

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 research—one through the Academy of Management Research Methods Division and the other through the Leaders and Leadership Division of the International Association of Management.

Online books:
Management Briefs
Business Briefs

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance, University of Florida, 1988
  • Master of Education, Higher Education Leadership, University of Florida, 1990
  • Educational Specialist, Educational Research, University of Alabama, 1995
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Human Resource Management, University of Alabama, 1996
  • Post-graduate study, Baylor University, Dallas Baptist University, West Texas A&M University, Hardin-Simmons University
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
  • Colleges of Distinction
  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network