After teaching high school math and coaching basketball, Kent returned to school and completed a PhD in Finance at Washington State University. Since then, he has taught a variety of subjects at Gonzaga including Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, International Finance, Valuation and he initiated the school's first course in Sustainable Business in 2007. He has been a visiting professor at universities in the UK, Germany, Spain and Finland. He was voted the outstanding professor for the first 50 years of the MBA program by its alumni and his scholarly work is among the most cited at the university.
“Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting in Controversial Industries,” International Journal of Accounting, Banking and Finance (forthcoming), with John Byrd, Richard Baker and Bruno Cohanier.
“The Location of Mission-Driven Businesses: An Examination of B-Corporations,” Journal of Corporate Citizenship (Issue 55), September 2014, with Leila Hickman and John Byrd.
“The Forbes 400 and the Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge,” 2014, Oxford Journal of Finance and Risk Perspectives, with Mark Shrader, Danielle Xu and Dan Lawson.
“Behavioral Economics and Corporate Sustainability,” The Sustainability Review (3) April 2012, with John Byrd.
“Board Changes in Response to Extremes in Performance,” The Journal of Financial Issues (10) Fall 2012, with Gerhard Barone and Mark Shrader.
“The Impact of Morningstar Five Star Ratings,” Journal of the Academy of Finance, Summer 2010, with Shantanu Namjhoshi.
“People, Corporations, Economic Decisions and Political Speech,” Atlantic Economic Journal (38) March 2010, with Gerhard Barone.
“Remorse, Risk Aversion and Efficiency in eBay Coin Auctions,” Atlantic Economic Journal (37) March 2009, with Dan Friesner and Matthew McPherson.
“Estimating the Value of Victory: English Football,” Applied Financial Economics Letters (6) July-November 2008, with Stuart Cooper.
“Investor and Management Commitment in Socially Responsible Mutual Funds,” Journal of the Academy of Finance (6) Fall 2008, with Mark Shrader and Danielle Xu.
“Super Size Me and Stock Prices,” Journal of the Academy of Finance (6) Summer 2008, with John Byrd.
“Information Sharing on Examinations,” Atlantic Economics Journal (35) 2007, with Dan Friesner.
“Finance Conferences: Measuring Quality by Publication Record,” Advances in Financial Education (5), 2007, with Mark Shrader and Dan Friesner.
“Predictors of Professor Productivity,” Financial Practice and Education, Spring 2002, with Mark Shrader.
“Life Cycle Investing, Holding Periods, and Risk,” The Journal of Portfolio Management, Winter 2001, with Hugh Hunter, John Byrd, John Beck, and Will Terpening.
“Social Investing and Modern Portfolio Theory,” American Business Review, January 1999 with Walter Teets and John Kohls.
"Incorporating Research Design and Estimation Tools in the Finance Curriculum," Journal of Education in Business, January/February 1997, with Mark Shrader and Carl Bozman.
"Diversification: A Broader Perspective," Business Horizons, March/April 1997, with John Byrd and Hugh Hunter.
"The Jundt Closed-End Fund," Annual Advances in Business Cases, 1997, with Bud Barnes and Hugh Hunter.
"Estimating the Cost of Capital for the Undiversified Investor," Journal of Small Business Finance, 1995, with Bud Barnes and John Byrd.
"CEO Pay for Performance: Does Disclosure Matter?" Managerial Finance, Winter 1995, with John Byrd.
"Rationality and 'The Price Is Right,'" Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Spring 1993, with Randall Bennett.
"A Note on Audit Committee Independence: Evidence From the NYSE on "Grey" Area Directors," Accounting Horizons, March 1993, with Dave Vicknair and Kay Carnes.
"Economic Issues in Bankruptcy and Reorganization," Journal of Applied Business Research, Spring 1993, with Mark Shrader.
"The Case for Independent Outside Directors," Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Fall 1992, with John Byrd.
"Do Outside Directors Monitor Managers? Evidence From Tender Offers," Journal of Financial Economics, Fall 1992, with John Byrd.
"A Note on Estimating the Historical Risk Premium," Financial Practice and Education, Fall 1991, with Russell J. Fuller.
"The Modeling of a Binomial Event: A Cost-Effective Pentagon or Market Inefficiency?" Economics Letters, December 1991, with John Byrd and Mark Shrader.
A Comparison of Stock Price Predictions Using Court Accepted Formulas, Dividend Discount, and P/E Models," Financial Management, Summer 1990, with Glenn Petry.
Textbooks, Chapters and Ancillaries
Managerial Finance, first edition, Bridgepoint Education Publishing, 2013, with John Byrd and Matt McPherson.
Essentials of Managerial Finance, first edition, Bridgepoint Education, 2103, with John Byrd and Matt McPherson.
Foundations of Corporate Finance, second edition, International Thompson Publishing, 2002, written with Hugh Hunter and John Byrd.
“Behavioral Impediments to Value-based Management,” a chapter in Value-based Management, Arnold and Davies, editors, John Wiley & Sons, London, 2000, with John Byrd and Ron Aizer.
Foundations of Corporate Finance, West Educational Publishing (now International Thompson Publishing), 1996, with John Byrd and Hugh Hunter.
Instructors Manual to Accompany Foundations of Corporate Finance, 1996, West Educational Publishing, with John Byrd and Hugh Hunter.