Gary R. Thurgood

Assistant Professor

  • Management

Gary R. Thurgood


Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2016
M.B.A., Brigham Young University, 2005
B.S., Brigham Young University, 2001 


Research Area(s):

Personality, job characteristics, motivation and engagement, the meaning of work.


Dr. Thurgood is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. Prior to obtaining a Ph.D., he had a previous career in the transportation engineering and urban planning field.

His current research focuses on understanding how personality traits and characteristics of the work environment jointly influence a person’s motivation and performance at work. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Strategic Management Journal. Dr. Thurgood has taught courses in Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, and HR Analytics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

In their spare time, Gary and his wife Jennifer attempt to keep up with their three beautiful and energetic little girls.