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Mark Agars

Mark Agars

Program Administrator, Professor


Program Administrator
UEC - Inst Child Devel/Fam Rel
Office Phone(909) 537-5433
Office LocationSB-532
Office Phone(909) 537-5433
Office LocationSB-532



French, K.A., Agars, M.D., Arvan, M.L. (2023). The shift flextime scale: A measure of flextime availability, use, and consequences for shift workers. Journal of Business and Psychology.

Agars, M.D., & Kottke, J.L. (2021). Development of a theoretical framework and measurement scale for General Organizational means-efficacy. Human Performance, 34, 1-24.

French, K.A., & Agars, M.D. (2018). Work-family culture in low-income environments. Can we generalize? Journal of Career Development, 45, 50-67.

Agars, M.D., & Cazares, E.J. (2017). A cycle or a ceiling? The cumulative effects of subtle discrimination through the lens of performance management. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 10, 97-100.

Agars, M.D., & French, K.A. (2016). Considering underrepresented populations in work and family. In T. Allen & L. Eby (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Work and Family. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Kottke, J.L., & Agars, M.D. (2015). Creating and sustaining positive careers for women: A closer look at organizational context. In A. Broadbridge & S. Fielden (Eds.), Handbook of Gendered Careers In Management. Northhampton, MA: Edward Elger.

Kottke, J.L., Pelletier, K.L., & Agars, M.D. (2013). Measuring follower confidence in top leadership direction. Leadership and Organization Development, 34(4), 292-307.

Agars, M.D., Kaufman, J.C., Deane, A., & Smith, B. (2012). Fostering individual creativity through organizational context: A review of recent research and recommendations for organizational leaders. In M. Mumford’s (Ed.) Handbook of Organizational Creativity. London: Elsevier.

Agars, M.D., & French, K.A. (2011). What if work and family research actually considered workers and their families? Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 4, 375-378.

Agars, M. D., Reimer, J. F., Deane, A., Smith, B., & Young, D (2010).  Mere-effort in response to stereotype threat in health care: Testing a social cognitive approach to reducing health disparities. American Journal of Epidemiology, 171, S67.

Kaufman, J. C., Baer, J., Agars, M. D., & Loomis, D. (2010). Creativity stereotypes and the Consensual Assessment Technique. Creativity Research Journal, 22, 200-205.

Agars, M.D., Reimer, J.F., Young, D. Bleakney, D., & Vale, M. (2009). Social cognition in the patient-physician relationship: Stereotype threat and executive control. American Journal of Epidemiology, 169,S61.

Kaufman, J.C., & Agars, M.D. (2009). Being creative with the predictors and criteria for success. American Psychologist, 64, 280-281.

Kaufman, J.C., Agars, M. D., & Lopez-Wagner, M. C. (2008). The role of personality and motivation in predicting early college academic success in non-traditional students at a Hispanic-serving institution. Learning and Individual Differences, 18, 492-496.

Agars, M.D., Kaufman, J.C., & Locke, T.R. (2008). Social influence and creativity in organizations: A multilevel lens for theory, research, and practice. In M. Mumford, (Ed.), Multi-Level Issues in Organizational Innovation. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: JAI Press.

Agars, M.D., & Kaufman, J.C. (2008). Facing ambiguities in organizational creativity and innovation research: Choices made in the mud. In M. Mumford, (Ed.), Multi-level issues in organizational innovation. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: JAI Press.

Kottke, J.L., & Agars, M.D. (2008). Diversity and diversity management in the age of globalization. In C. Wankel (Ed.), The Handbook of 21st Century Management. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

McClure, F., Chavez, D., Agars, M.D., Peacock, M.J., & Matosian, A. (2008). Resilience in sexually abused women: Risk and protective factors. Journal of Family Violence, 23, 81-88.

Oral, G., Kaufman, J.K., & Agars, M.D. (2007). Creativity in Turkey:  Do western findings apply? High Ability Studies, 18, 235-246.

Kottke, J.L., & Agars, M.D. (2007). Organizational structure. Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Agars, M.D., Baer, J., & Kaufman, J.C. (2005). The many creativities of business and the APT model of creativity. The Korean Journal of Thinking and Problem Solving, 15, 133-142.

Agars, M.D., & Kaufman, J.C. (2005). Creativity in the workplace: Introduction to the special issue. The Korean Journal of Thinking and Problem Solving, 15, 5-6.

Agars, M.D., & Kottke, J.L. (2005). Innovations in diversity management: Advances in practice and thought. In C. Cooper & R. Burke (Eds.), Reinventing HR: Challenges and New Directions. London: Routledge. 

Kottke, J.L., & Agars, M.D. (2005). Understanding the processes that facilitate and hinder efforts to advance women in organizations. Career Development International, 10, 190-202.

Agars, M.D. (2004). Reconsidering the impact of gender stereotypes on the advancement of women in organizations. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 18, 103-108.

Agars, M.D., & Kottke, J.L. (2004).  Models and practice of diversity management: A historical review and presentation of a New Integration Theory.  In M. S. Stockdale and F. J. Crosby (Eds.), The Psychology and Management of Workplace Diversity.  Oxford, UK:  Blackwell.

Peacock, M.J., McClure, F., & Agars, M.D. (2003). Predictors of delinquent behaviors among Latino youth. Journal of Urban Review, 35, 59-72.

Agars, M.D. & Kottke, J.L. (2001) Review of T. Lapidus, High-impact training: Getting results and respect. Personnel Psychology, 53, 1040-1053.



Honors and Awards

2022 Outstanding Professor, California State University, San Bernardino 

2018 Outstanding Faculty Research Mentor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Office of Student Research, CSUSB, 2018. 

2018 Outstanding Faculty Mentor, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), CSUSB. 

2017 Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Creative Activities, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, CSUSB. 

2017 Community Support Award, Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County 

2013 Outstanding Faculty Mentor, CSUSB. 

2013 Outstanding Faculty Service Award, Psychology Department, CSUSB. 

2009 President’s Team Achievement Award, CSUSB. 

2008 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, CSUSB. 

2006 Outstanding Faculty Researcher, Department of Psychology, CSUSB. 

2003 Outstanding Faculty Teacher, Department of Psychology, CSUSB.


Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Industrial/Organizational Psychology


Graduate Courses

Psyc5582: Diversity, Work, and Family

Psyc6601: Job Analyses, Performance Management, and Compensation

Psyc6604: Motivation and Leadership

Undergraduate Classes

Psyc1100: Introduction to Psychology

Psyc3382: Social Psychology

Psyc3340: Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination

Psyc4428: Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Industrial/Organizational

Research and Teaching Interests

I am generally interested in research that addresses issues related to gender and diversity in workplace, with an emphasis on understanding the role of contextual and social-cognitive factors. This has included research on diversity management, women’s advancement, the intersection of work and family, among other areas. I also have interests in organizational creativity and innovation, with a particular focus on the role of context in defining and explaining creative processes and outcomes. Most of my research time in the last three years has been spent directing the Work.Family.Life project, which is an applied research and intervention project addressing the work and familiy challenges faced by low-income workers and their families.

work-life balance, low-wage workers, diversity management, gender in the workplace