Interview with Lynne Bates, Health Promotion and Health Education, Plymouth State

Being asked to interview a professor for myself was very nerve raking. For one, I have never completed an interview with a professor prior to Thursday, September 21, 2017. Another reason being this semester is the first time since my sophomore year with new professors. I was comfortable with all my nursing professors but I felt as though I should reach out to someone who I did not know much about. This is how I came to Lynne Bates. I am currently in her Health Promotion course called Principles of Health.

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Professor Lynne Bates and myself

Starting off with the interview I found out that Lynne is a teacher lecturer professor at Plymouth State University. For those who may not know, a teacher lecturer is someone who teaches part time at the University. Lynne teaches for the Health and Human Performance Department at PSU, while teaching two different classes. Those classes are called Principles of Health of which she teaches one section and Disease, Safety and the Environment of which she teaches two sections. I knew I needed to get to know more about Lynne’s road to becoming an educator. I found out that she in fact did not begin her college education in the education field whereas she began her Undergraduate Program at Ball State University in Indiana where she studied Anthropology Archeology.

After realizing she did not like the field she was studying, Lynne decided to change her major and move back home where she ended up at Plymouth State University. When Lynne decided to drop her Anthropology Archeology major and come back to New Hampshire where she pursued a degree in Biological Laboratory Sciences. While being an undergraduate, Lynne won the National Science Foundation Research at University of Massachusetts at Lowell for completing research on Malaria. After graduating with Biological Laboratory Sciences at PSU, Lynne landed a job as a Medical Technologist for her first career. After having an eighteen year career as a Medical Technologist, Lynne came back to Plymouth State University to attend graduate school which she focused her learning in Health. I followed up with asking Lynne is she liked to be a teacher lecturer or if she would rather be full-time; to my surprise I learned Lynne is retired so being a teacher lecturer works perfectly for her. Lynne continued to explain that if she were younger she would prefer to be a full-time faculty but that would require her to go back to school again to receive her PhD.

An interesting fact I learned about Lynne is that she wrote an article for a textbook which was the Encyclopedia of School Health. The article was about the effect of dental work and how having good teeth effects performance in school. When she helped write this article she was working with scholars outside of her field currently. Along with that Lynne has many experiences outside of teaching and being a Medical Technologist. For eight years she worked as a fitness instructor, within the eight years she proceeded to work four years as a personal trainer. It is interesting to see that all the jobs that have come through Lynne’s life in some way they all shape and effect health.

As for interdisciplinary work, she had personally never completed any however she does teach many students who are in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Plymouth State University. When recommending courses to students, Lynne would suggest to students to take classes outside of their department. She believes this because she states that the more knowledgeable you are in other subjects it will help you succeed in your primary subject of education. She believes that interdisciplinary studies is important however she does not understand how it relates to the job marketplace. Lynne discusses that she believes interdisciplinary studies is important and that it relates to the entire cluster initiative that is being introduced and promoted at Plymouth State University.

I really enjoyed being able to get to know Lynne Bates on a deeper level than just in the classroom. I believe that getting to know who your teachers are and where they come from in an educational background will only help the students to be more successful in the classroom. Getting to know Lynne made me realize that our education background is similar because we both changed our majors during our undergraduate program, the only difference being I did not switch schools. I look forward to being in class with Lynne for the rest of the semester and I hope to get into her Disease, Safety and the Environment class in the spring semester!

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2 thoughts on “Interview with Lynne Bates, Health Promotion and Health Education, Plymouth State”

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  2. I love the way you weave choosing a major into the process of interdisciplinary study: switching majors is less a failure or change of path than it is an opportunity to forge links between disciplines and fields. Awesome! Sounds like it was a great connection to work with Lynne!

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