Chris Olugbenga Ajila, a Professor of Psychology, was born on 13th February, 1956 in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State. He had his tertiary education at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, University of Ado-Ekiti now Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He bagged his Ph.D (Psychology) in 1997 with specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Chris Olugbenga Ajila began his academic career in the University System in 1991 at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife as an Assistant Lecturer and rose through the ranks to become a Professor in 2005. He has served the University in various capacities, such as Examination Officer; Staff Adviser; Head of Department and Chief Examiner; Representative of Dean on various Boards; Faculty representative in Senate; Chairman, Faculty Postgraduate Committee; Chairman, Central University Examination Malpractices and Disciplinary Committee; and the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences (2015 – 2017).
Professor Ajila has also served as (i). Member of the Visitation Panel to the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti; (ii). Member, National Universities Commission Ad-hoc Accreditation Panel to evaluate undergraduate degree programmes in Social Sciences “B” discipline in Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State; University of Ado-Ekiti; Delta State University, Abraka; Adamawa State University, Mubi; and Benue State University, Makurdi;. (2007 and 2008); (iii). Member, NUC Accreditation Panel to evaluate undergraduate degree programmes in Social Sciences “B” discipline in Nasarawa State University, Keffi. (2012 April); (iv). Chairman, NUC Ad hoc Accreditation Panel to evaluate the undergraduate degree programmes in Social Sciences “F” discipline of the University of Ado-Ekiti, Ado- Ekiti (November, 2012).
Professor Ajila is External Examiner for B.SC, M.M.P, M.Sc and Ph.Dprogrammes of the Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, and Benue State University, Makurdi; Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of Ibadan and Department of Psychology, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti. He had served as Editor, Ife Journal of Psychology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (2000-2006); Member, Editorial Board, The Nigerian Journal of Psychology (A publication of the Nigerian Psychological Association). 2004 – 2007 and Member, Editorial Board, Obafemi Awolowo University Press (2002-2005). Professor Ajila delivered his Inaugural lecture titled: People and Organisations: The dynamics of workplace behavior in February, 2014.
While on Sabbatical placement at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Professor Ajila served as Head, Department of Psychology (2000 – 2004 and 2007 - 2010), and at Bells University of Technology, Ota, he was the Dean, College of Management Sciences (2012 – 2013). Professor Ajila’s research interests and publications cover Consumer Behaviour, Motivation, Job Satisfaction, Organisational Behaviour, Leadership, Human Resource Management and Research Methods.He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Psychological Association.
Amongst his publications are: Influence of Rewards on Workers Performance in an Organization (2006);Employment testing and Human Resource Management (2012); Workers Attitudes towards Disciplinary Actions in Business Organizations (2000); Leadership and Strategic Human Resource Management in the Nigerian Local Government Councils(2012); “Brand Loyalty and Satisfaction as Correlate of Retention among Mobile Telecommunication Subscribers in Nigeria (2012); Workplace Counselling: Implication for Enhanced Productivity (2013); Creating a Mentoring Culture at the Workplace (2014); and Sustaining Organisational Environment: The Functional Roles of a 21st Century Manager (2016).He is the author of a book titled: Understanding and Conducting Research in the Social and Management Sciences.
Professor Ajila has well over forty (40) published articles to his credit in reputable local and international journals as well as several proceedings and conference publications. Apart from his academic prowess, Professor Ajila is an astute administrator and has demonstrated professionalism, excellence and great leadership qualities in administrative positions held.
Professor Chris Olugbenga Ajila has attended several local and international conferences some of which include XIth and XIIth International Family Therapy Association (IFTA) World Congress held in Akron, Ohio, USA and Oslo, Norway and Association of Universities Management Development Workshop held at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra, Ghana. He is also a Member of some local and international professional Association such as Counseling Association of Nigerian (CAN), Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), International Family Therapy Association (IFTA), and Fellow, Nigerian Psychological Association (FNPA). His hobbies include reading, table tennis and footballing.