Wendy Gentry, Ph.D., MBA
Wendy Gentry has over 20 years of experience in performance improvement, project planning, training and management practices in both domestic and international settings. She developed skills in system conversion and implementation while working as both a consultant and employee in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, R&D, and other service related organizations.
Gentry is experienced in collaborating across divisions, companies and countries to reach strategic goals. She has extensive experience in leading project teams and supervising department team members in a variety of sectors. A few of these experiences include collaborating with scientific researchers, leading company-wide software system conversions, and creating processes to support a large international construction project with partners located in the United States, Sweden and Germany.
Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, Gentry was the Director of Planning and Performance for an environmental services company with operating subsidiaries in Bosnia, Croatia, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Taiwan.
She actively volunteers at the local and international level for education focused organizations. She serves as a Reviewer for the TechTrends, a publication focusing on the application of educational technology theory and techniques to instructional programs as well as corporate and government training. Other examples include serving as Industry Advisor for senior teams enrolled in Virginia Tech’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and as facilitator for Designers for Learning (D4L) in the development of instruction for adult basic education. She also has a history of serving on committees and in elected leadership roles for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), the most respected association in her field.
In 2016, Gentry was honored to receive the AECT Presidential Emerging Leader Award. This award acknowledges service and commitment to AECT and recognizes potential as a future leader within the field. In 2015, she was awarded the AECT Strohbehn Intern. The Strohbehn is awarded annually to a single graduate student who displays exemplary leadership potential and dedication to AECT and the field. It is considered “one of the most prestigious awards in the field.”
Gentry is skilled in the development of asynchronous and synchronous training programs. During the Ph.D. program, she served as leader of an international graduate student instructional design project for a non-profit organization, Learning in Non-Governmental Organizations (LINGOs). LINGOs provides instructional resources to assist international non-profit organizations. The largest project was the development of e-learning modules to prepare learners for a project management certification exam.
Gentry was hired as a consultant by the organization to coordinate with translators and finalize the courses for delivery in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. The courses were released to over 80 non-profit member organizations around the globe with over 10,000 employee and volunteer learners. The project won second place in the 2013 AECT Information Age Publishers Distance Education Best Practices Award and was a finalist in the Global Giveback Award Competition held at the Learning Solutions Conference.
Gentry holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech’s Department of Learning Sciences with a focus on instructional design, technology and theory. Wendy has an MBA from Virginia Tech, and a BA with a double major in Organizational Communications/Training and Development and Business Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.