Dr. Henry has earned a B.A. in psychology, English, and political science; an M.S. in industrial/organizational psychology; and a Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis, all from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he lived from 1981 to 1993. Dr. Henry first earned his professional certification in human resource management in 1998 and renewed his SHRM-CP certification through the Society of Human Resource Management in 2016.
As an educator, Dr. Henry has 29 years of experience serving as a professor and administrator in psychology departments and business schools at a wide variety of colleges and universities in the Eastern and Southern United States. As a consultant, he has worked with primarily small and medium-sized organizations in a wide variety of industries including municipal public works departments, plastic and metal-working factories, utility companies, and, most recently, police and fire departments. His favorite projects to work on include non-traditional pay systems, performance appraisal and management systems, and organizational culture change efforts, including recent consultations with the leadership team of the State of Florida Management Services Cabinet Department and the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections. He is also currently a member of the Small Business Development Center’s Business Advisory Council. A consistent theme across all of Dr. Henry’s work experience is the design and implementation of systems that use positive recognition, feedback, and innovative rewards to encourage high levels of student and employee performance.
Dr. Henry currently serves as the lead faculty member for the Essentials of Human Resource Management course in the Integrated Business program at UCF. In this capacity he is responsible for not only designing and administrating all sections of that course but also supervising of other course instructors, leading searches for other Integrated Business faculty, and marketing the program to potential students and potential employers in the Central Florida region. Other service on the UCF campus in which Dr. Henry is involved include the Instructor & Lecturer Excellence Program and the Leadership Empowerment Program, for which he has delivered workshops on interviewing skills to UCF staff and faculty from groups traditionally under-represented in university higher administration. Dr. Henry also serves on the University-wide Institutional Review Board, which reviews all research proposals on campus to ensure the safe and ethical treatment of human subjects, and he has recently been awarded two University research grants to fund investigations into the most effective methods of teaching business subjects to undergraduate students.
Outside of work, Dr. Henry has been involved in competitive athletics his entire life and competed intercollegiately in both golf and tennis. Recreationally, Dr. Henry has played hockey since elementary school, although he took last season off to get settled into the Orlando area. He also is an avid racquetball player, a sport in which he is currently ranked in the 600s in the country, and for which he serves as the current coach of the UCF Knights Racquetball sports club.