Michael J. Gent, PhD Professor of Management
BA, Psychology — St. Mary’s University
MS, Industrial/Organizational Psychology; PhD, Organizational/Social Psychology — Texas Christian University
Dr. Gent has an abiding interest in applying his organization studies background in the context of the developing world. To that end, as a Fulbright Senior Scholar during the 1993-1994 academic year, Dr. Gent traveled to southern Africa to help the fledgling business department at the University of Namibia. In addition to teaching, he advised on curriculum development and acted as consultant to the University and the Ministry of Home Affairs. He also conducted a nation-wide survey of human resources management practices in Namibia. More recently Dr. Gent completed a nine-month consultancy with the Catholic Relief Services micro-lending unit in El Salvador. He has returned to El Salvador since, twice with student study groups. An offshoot of his trips has been research on the growing evangelical and Pentecostal churches in Central America.
In the past Dr. Gent has conducted training courses and workshops for a number of local employers, including General Motors, the United Auto Workers Union, DuPont, and several United Way agencies. His scholarly activity has resulted in publications on a range of topics.
Dr. Gent has designed and enjoys presenting two Canisius College courses, including "Employee-Labor Relations" and a high-involvement version of the MBA course "Organizational Behavior." He has also developed on-campus service projects for his MGT101 classes. Growing out of several of these projects is a new student organization, “United Students for Fair Trade.”
Dr. Gent is a member of the Association for Psychological Science, and the Labor and Employment Relations Association. In the community at large, he has served on the Amherst Library Board of Trustees, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Merit Board, the Catholic Diocesan Service Corps Advisory Board, and VOICE Buffalo’s Sprawl/Transportation Task Force. He was in charge of producing two videos for VOICE designed to generate awareness of and solutions to Western New York’s economic decline.