Theresa Glomb


Research Advisory Board, Center for Positive Organizations

Professor, The Toro Company-David M. Lilly Chair in Human Resources, University of Minnesota

Theresa M. Glomb is the Toro Company-David M. Lilly Chair in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota where she has been since 1998. She received her PhD in social, organizational, and individual differences psychology from the University of Illinois (1998) and her BA in psychology from DePaul University (1993).

Her research program studies the well-being of workers, defined broadly to include psychological, affective, physiological, and familial effects. Early work examined the role of mood and affect at work including specific types of affective events—events associated with workplace aggression and sexual harassment. Another stream examined emotional labor, or affect displayed on the job in accordance with role expectations.

Most recently, her research has moved into the area of micro-interventions, or small practices to improve work life. These interventions are primarily focused around testing activities aimed to provide greater reflection and intentionality at work including positive reflection interventions and mindfulness interventions.

She has conducted field research in dozens of companies using a variety of methodologies including experience sampling, surveys, interviews, and physiological assessment. Her work has been published in top management journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Applied Psychology and cited in media outlets such as the Wall Street JournalThe Economist, and Huffington Post. In her TEDx talk, “Let’s Make Work Better” and speaking engagements she shares simple, evidence based micro-interventions to improve our working lives.