Professor Kent Glenzer

Professor Kent Glenzer in class

Professor Kent Glenzer: Practical Lessons from the Trenches of Social Change

October 3, 2012

"One of the things I love most about MIIS students is their extreme hunger for practical advice," says Kent Glenzer, associate professor of organizational behavior and development. Despite impressive academic credentials such as a Ph.D. and an Ivy League degree, until he got the call from the Monterey Institute last year, Kent had not seen himself as an academic.

A self-described "organizational geek," Kent has spent the last 23 years "working in the trenches of social change" for organizations such as the Peace Corps, PATH, CARE and Oxfam America. He is continually fascinated by the inner workings of organizations in the business of doing good—of promoting social change. He knows firsthand all about the business of running a non-profit organization in developing countries, measuring impact and facilitating organizational decision processes.

As a restless 19-year-old journalism major at Northwestern University, Kent decided to take a year off and do some traveling. He visited Carl Petry, a favorite professor and specialist in Middle Eastern history who was in Egypt for a sabbatical. "There was something about it, I just knew that I wanted to be there," says Kent of his month in Egypt, using the word "there" to mean developing countries, Africa and Islamic culture.

Kent is really a "jack-of-all-trades" in his field, with extensive experience working on different strategic levels of development organizations in 21 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. He is not your typical university professor, but he is the ideal match for the Monterey Institute and its "goal-oriented and proactive students," eager to absorb as much practical advice as they can before heading off to discover their own trenches. Today, he teaches classes in both the Master of Public Administration and International MBA programs.

Watch Kent tell a short story about a memorable experience serving in the Peace Corps in Mali.


Rodney Sidloski (not verified)

Finding Kent and Kathy

Just rediscovered where Kent (and Kathy) is after working with him back in the war time emergency program in Mozambique way back in 1987 to 1992!). In what was sometimes quite a politically charged programming environment Kent was the fairest person I knew on the 55 person programming team. Too little emphasis is placed on the 'morale makers' in organizations. Kent was a morale maker and this made a huge difference for us up in the war zones where sustained morale helped us make better decisions that saved more lives. Monteray School has gained a great asset in Kent and the woman that supports him!

December 31, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

Irvap (not verified)


Great Prof!

November 20, 2012 @ 1:52 am

Nancy Zelvic (not verified)


Hi, I wish to be a student at Moneterey Institute of International Studies, I am here surfing for more information about the graduate program. Your site is good.

October 04, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

Kathy Holser (not verified)


Your students are so lucky to have such a dynamic, experienced professional to share his knowledge with them.

October 04, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

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