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Melissa Gutworth

Associate Professor, Management

School of Business
BS, The College of New Jersey
PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
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  • Howard, M.H., Follmer, K., & Gutworth, M.B. (data collection stage). Workplace Isolation and Suicide.
  • McKay, A., Gutworth, M.B., & Nguyen, T.L. (manuscript preparation stage). Meta-analysis of relationship between time pressure and creativity.
  • Woodward, C., Dahling, J.J., Gutworth, M.B., & Simonet, D. (data analysis stage). Vicarious unemployment experiences.
  • Gutworth, M.B. & Hunter, S.T. (manuscript preparation stage). Context for creativity: Leader-follower fit and the creative process.
  • Gutworth, M.B., Howard, M.H., & Simonet, D. (data collection stage). COVID-19 and Front-Line Workers.

Professional Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, Pennsylvania State University (2013 - 2013)
  • Lab Instructor, Pennsylvania State University (2015 - 2016)
  • Instructor, Pennsylvania State University (2015 - 2017)
  • Assistant Professor, Montclair State University (2017 - Present)


  • Management Consulting, Pennsylvania State Education Association. (September 2012 - December 2012). Conducted survey data analysis using SPSS. Worked in a team to compile a final report for members of PSEA
  • Management Consulting, THON Dance Marathon Organization. (September 2013 - May 2014). Worked with a team to design and implement a survey to help the largest student-run philanthropy organization in the world to select and train volunteers more efficiently
  • Management Consulting, Development Dimensions International (DDI). (September 2013 - December 2013). Worked with a team to develop items for a non-verbal cognitive ability test.
  • Management Consulting, Del Monte Foods Corporation. (May 2013 - August 2013). Designed selection system for managerial creativity for Del Monte. Provided creativity ratings for applicants’ materials to aid the selection process
  • Management Consulting, University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Terrorism and Security Studies. (August 2014 - May 2015). Conducted a literature review in requested topic of job analysis.
    Contributed to the final team product of a thorough literature review on purpose, methods, and considerations when conducting a job analysis
  • Management Consulting, Leadership Enrichment through Assessment and Development. (September 2013 - May 2015). Assessed undergraduate students through an interview and written assessments. Developed a personalized feedback report for participants detailing strengths and developmental opportunities to aid professional development
  • Management Consulting, Johnson and Johnson. (June 2014 - May 2015). Integrated literature from multiple databases and fields of study on requested topic.Created an executive report-style literature review on the following topics: Team Diversity/ Composition, Open Work Space Arrangements, and Exit Surveys.
  • Other, Feliciano Biz Media Mention. (March 2022 - March 2022). Feliciano School of Business (2022). The Future of Work. FelicianoBiz, 17-18.
  • Other, BBC Media Mention. (June 2021 - June 2021). ‘Positive deviants’: Why rebellious workers spark great ideas.
  • Other, Zippia Media Mention. (November 2020 - November 2020). Experts weigh in on current job market trends.
  • Other, Learning Science Weekly Media Mention. (August 2020 - August 2020). Virtual reality, puppies, and Pictionary.
  • Other, Feliciano Biz Media Mention. (March 2020 - March 2020). Photo on cover highlighting SBUS faculty.
  • Other, Feliciano Biz Media Mention. (May 2019 - May 2019). Research spotlight: An in-depth look at the research that is making a difference. p. 15
  • Other, Feliciano Biz Media Mention. (May 2019 - May 2019). Want to win? Game changer lessons on changing the rules of the game. pp. 11-12
  • Other, NJ Chamber of Commerce Media Mention. (April 2019 - April 2019). Empowerment, team building, hiring attitude over skill: N.J. execs discuss how they foster positive and effective work culture.
  • Other, Media Mention. (July 2018 - July 2018). NJ Universities offer graduate-level HR certificates, degrees to meet growing demand.
  • Management Consulting, PNC Bank Leadership Assessment Center. (November 2012 - May 2016). Assessed undergraduates on Bartrum’s Great Eight Competencies through a series of oral presentations and written exercises. Created and delivered a personalized, developmental feedback report for participants

Honors & Awards

  • Graddick-Weir Research Award (2 awards totaling $7500), Pennsylvania State University ( 2013)
  • Effective Online Teaching Certificate, Pennsylvania State University ( 2015)
  • College Teaching Certificate from the Schreyer Institute of Teaching Excellence, Pennsylvania State University ( 2015)
  • Liberal Arts College Dissertation Grant ($2000), Pennsylvania State University ( 2016)
  • Research and Graduate Office Travel Award (3 awards totaling $1600), Pennsylvania State University ( 2016)
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Pennsylvania State University Psychology Department ( 2017)
  • Group and Organization Management Best Quantiatitve Paper 2023, Group and Organization Management (June 2023)
  • Empowering Online Teaching and Learning Certificate, (August 2020)
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior Best Paper of the Year Runner Up Award, (August 2018)

Refereed Published Articles

  • M. Howard, J. Farr, A. Grandey, M. Gutworth (2017). The creation of the workplace social courage scale (WSCS): An investigation of internal consistency, psychometric properties, validity, and utility. Journal of Business and Psychology
  • J. Dahling, M. Gutworth (2017). Loyal rebels? A test of the normative conflict model of constructive deviance. Journal of Organizational Behavior
  • S. Hunter, L. Blocker, M. Gutworth, J. Allen (2023). Why we support some original ideas but reject others: An application of signaling theory. Journal of Creative Behavior
  • M. Gutworth, S. Hunter (2017). Ethical Saliency: Deterring deviance in creative individuals. Psychology of Creativity, Aesthetics, and the Arts
  • M. Gutworth, L. Cushenbery, S. Hunter (2018). Creativity for deliberate harm: Malevolent creativity and social information processing theory. Journal of Creative Behavior
  • M. Gutworth, M. Howard (2019). Improving sexual harassment training effectiveness with climate interventions. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice
  • M. Howard, M. Gutworth (2020). A Meta-analysis of virtual reality training programs for social skill development. Computers and Education
  • M. Howard, M. Gutworth (2021). A meta-analysis of virtual reality training programs. Computers in Human Behavior
  • A. McKay, M. Gutworth (2021). Temporal individual differences and creativity: An exploratory investigation . Psychology of Creativity, Aesthetics, and the Arts (APA Journal)

Books & Chapters

  • S. Hunter, M. Gutworth, J. Lovelace, S. Rogelberg, S. Tonidandel, K. Shockley (2017). Originality. Sage Press
  • S. Hunter, M. Gutworth, M. Crayne, B. Jayne, M. Mumford, M. Frese (2015). Planning for innovation: The critical role of agility. Taylor & Francis
  • M. Gutworth, D. Morton, J. Dahling, D. Svyantek, K. Mahoney (2013). Managing organizational deviance: Focusing on causes, not symptoms. Information Age Publishing
  • S. Hunter, B. Neely, M. Gutworth, R. Reiter-Palmon (2018). Selection and team creativity: Meeting unique challenges through diversity and flexibility. Oxford University Press