Dr. Melissa Gutworth

Assistant Professor | Management | Feliciano School of Business
Location: SBUS 455
Telephone: 973-655-6811
Email: gutworthm@montclair.edu


  • Ph D, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2017, Pennsylvania State University
  • MS, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2014, Pennsylvania State University
  • BS, Psychology, 2012, The College of New Jersey

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Montclair State University. (September 2017 - Current).
  • Instructor, Pennsylvania State University. (June 2015 - May 2017).
  • Lab Instructor, Pennsylvania State University. (August 2015 - January 2016).
  • Teaching Assistant, Pennsylvania State University. (January 2013 - May 2013).


  • 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. https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20210528-positive-deviants-why-rebellious-workers-spark-gr-ideas
  • Other, Zippia Media Mention, . (November 2020 - November 2020). Experts weigh in on current job market trends. https://www.zippia.com/business-specialist-jobs/trends/
  • Other, Learning Science Weekly Media Mention, . (August 2020 - August 2020). Virtual reality, puppies, and Pictionary. https://www.learningscienceweekly.com/student/activity/670527-issue-12-virtual-reality-puppies-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. https://njchamber.com/edge
  • Other, NJ.com Media Mention, . (July 2018 - July 2018). NJ Universities offer graduate-level HR certificates, degrees to meet growing demand. https://www.nj.com/sponsor-content/?scid=115732&prx_t=-dYDAWP8kAjhAPA
  • Management Consulting, PNC Bank Leadership Assessment Center, State College, PA. (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
  • Management Consulting, University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, Lowell, MA. (August 2014 - May 2015). Conducted a literature review in requested topic of job analysis.<br>Contributed to the final team product of a thorough literature review on purpose, methods, and considerations when conducting a job analysis
  • Management Consulting, Johnson and Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ. (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.
  • Management Consulting, Leadership Enrichment through Assessment and Development, State College, PA. (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, 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), Pittsburgh, PA. (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, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Harrisburg, PA. (September 2012 - December 2012). Conducted survey data analysis using SPSS. Worked in a team to compile a final report for members of PSEA

Honors and Awards

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


  • Gutworth, M.B. & Hunter, S.T. (manuscript preparation stage). Context for creativity: Leader-follower fit and the creative process.
  • Gutworth, M.B., Howard, M.C., & Simonet, D.V. (under 3rd R&R) Willingness to work from home: Needs-supplies theory and work attitudes of mandatory work from home employees.
  • Gutworth, M.B., Howard, M.H., & Simonet, D. (data collection stage). COVID-19 and Front-Line Workers.
  • Howard, M.H., Follmer, K., & Gutworth, M.B. (data collection stage). Workplace Isolation and Suicide.
  • Hunter, S.T., Blocker, L. , Gutworth, M.B., & Allen, J.B. (under 2nd review). Resolving the originality paradox via signaling theory: Why the “pitch” of an original idea is critical.
  • 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.

Refereed Published Articles

  • Kessler, S., Gutworth, M. The forgotten working class: A call to action based upon a repeated cross-sectional examination of the relationships among social class, financial satisfaction, and exhaustion. Group and Organization Management,
  • Howard, M., Gutworth, M. (2021). A meta-analysis of virtual reality training programs. Computers in Human Behavior, 121 (106808),
  • McKay, A., Gutworth, M. (2021). Temporal individual differences and creativity: An exploratory investigation. Psychology of Creativity, Aesthetics, and the Arts (APA Journal), 15 (2), pp. 295-312.
  • Howard, M., Gutworth, M. (2020). A Meta-analysis of virtual reality training programs for social skill development. Computers and Education, 144 pp. 103707.
  • Gutworth, M., Howard, M. (2019). Improving sexual harassment training effectiveness with climate interventions. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 12 (1), pp. 68-72.
  • Gutworth, M., Cushenbery, L., Hunter, S. (2018). Creativity for deliberate harm: Malevolent creativity and social information processing theory. Journal of Creative Behavior, 52 (4), pp. 305-322.
  • Gutworth, M., Hunter, S. (2017). Ethical Saliency: Deterring deviance in creative individuals. Psychology of Creativity, Aesthetics, and the Arts, 11 (4), pp. 428-439.
  • Howard, M., Farr, J., Grandey, A., Gutworth, M. (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, 32 (6), pp. 673-690.
  • Dahling, J., Gutworth, M. (2017). Loyal rebels? A test of the normative conflict model of constructive deviance. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38 (8), pp. 1167-1182.

Books & Chapters Published

  • Hunter, S., Neely, B., Gutworth, M. (2018). Selection and team creativity: Meeting unique challenges through diversity and flexibility. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Hunter, S., Gutworth, M., Lovelace, J. (2017). Originality. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press.
  • Hunter, S., Gutworth, M., Crayne, M., Jayne, B. (2015). Planning for innovation: The critical role of agility. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.
  • Gutworth, M., Morton, D., Dahling, J. (2013). Managing organizational deviance: Focusing on causes, not symptoms. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.