Robert Gibson earned a B.A. in History at University of Texas at El Paso, and after a long period of study and exploration in Edinburgh, Scotland, returned to earn a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at University of Texas at Austin where he was awarded the Dissertation Prize for research on managerial performance. The areas of study that led to that focused on the intersection of personality attributes in social contexts, all centered on the workplace, and became his life’s work. NASA-funded projects in graduate school concerned how to optimally combine teams for space missions using airline cockpits as surrogates. Action-research projects and consulting engagements involved personnel selection, teamwork, communications, crew coordination, achievement motivation, 360-degree feedback, and quantitative analysis of everything from customer satisfaction, organizational climate, to cluster analysis of leadership appraisal predictors.
Early work set the stage for management consulting that took Robert to the Bay Area and a company doing large-scale reengineering projects, including an institutional change project championed by then-Chancellor Chuck Young. Robert later moved into a role as Director of Training and Development at Campus Human Resources, augmenting programs that built skills, fostered careers, and improved organizational contexts. From championing staff development, he now works for OID whose mission is academic development of faculty and Teaching Assistants, moved from managing the staff Learning Management System to a department overseeing the academic LMS (CCLE), and serves in an organizational development role that seeks to help transform internal operations with enhanced employee engagement in service of an emerging center that strives to foster teaching and learning excellence that achieves equitable student success.
Robert has served as UC chair of the Training and Development group, is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, Historic Preservation of America and the American Society for Training and Development. He is married, relishes international travel, is an avid walker, and loves historic architecture.