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Carrie Blair Messal, Ph.D.


Address: Tate Center, Room 309
Office Hours: T-R: 9:00-11:30 am (appointment recommended)
Phone: 843.953.8105; (cell) 843-509-2377 (best way to contact Dr. Messal is via email)
Curriculum Vitae: Download

Dr. Carrie Blair Messal is an Associate Professor of Management with the Department of Management and Marketing.  She joined the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship in the School of Business in 2007, and in 2009, she was named Director of the Schottland Scholars Program, a leadership development program for exceptional business school students. She earned her B.A. in Psychology Georgetown College, M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from East Carolina University, and Ph. D in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee. 

Dr. Messal is interested in researching leadership topics and has published articles in several outlets, such as Human Performance, Journal of Applied Psychology, International Journal of Leadership Studies, MGMA Connections, and the College of Charleston Magazine. Frequently, Dr. Messal presents her research at conferences for the Academy of Management, the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists, and the Southern Management Association. She recently co-hosted 250 professors for a conference for the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. In her spare time, Carrie enjoys running marathons and frequenting the beach. 


University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational, May 2008

East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, May 2003

Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky
B.A., Psychology (magna cum laude), May 2001

Research Interests

Dispositional antecedents of leader development

  • core self-evaluation
  • goal orientation
  • narcissism

Courses Taught

  • Leadership
  • Organizational behavior and change

Honors and Awards

  • Best Student Paper, Research Methods Division, 2009 Southern Management Association
  • Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals, 2008-09 Honors Edition


Blair, C.A., Helland, K.R., & Walton, W. (in press 2017).  Leaders behaving badly:  The relationship between narcissism and unethical leadership.  Leadership and Organization Development Journal.

Blair, C.A., Hoffman, B.J., & Ladd, R. T. (in press 2016). Assessment centers vs. situational judgment tests: Longitudinal predictors of success. Leadership and Organization Development Journal.

Desplaces, D., Blair, C.A., & Salvaggio, T. (2015). Do e-learning tools make a difference? Results from a case study. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 16 (4): 23-34.

Blair, C. A., Gorman, C. A., Delise, L. A., & Helland, K. R. (2014). The smart leader: Examining the relationship between intelligence and leader development behavior. Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, 35 (3)

Morris, L.M., Blair, C.A., & Meriac, J.P. (2013).  Core self-evaluation and goal orientation:  Understanding work stress.  Human Resource Development Quarterly, 24, 35-62. 

Hoffman, B.J., Gorman, C.A., Blair, C.A., Meriac, J.M., Atchley, E.K. & Overstreet, B. (2012).  Importance of frame-of-reference training in the evaluation of assessment center dimension and 360-degree ratings.  Personnel Psychology, 65, 531-563.

Conference Presentations

Palmieri, R. E., & Blair, C. A. (2014, November). Looking to create high leader development program engagement? Pre-screen for narcissists. Paper to be presented at Southern Management Association in Savannah, GA.

 Paper prepared as Palmieri’s undergraduate Honors Thesis; I served as advisor.

 The project adhered to the department’s best practices for advising undergraduate research.

Shaver, K. G., Blair, C.A., & Davis, A.E. (2014, June). The embedded entrepreneur: Gender, family stage, and psychological correlates of start-up success and failure. Paper presented at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s DIANA International Research Conference.

Blair, C.A., & Shaver, K. G. (2014, June). Perceptions of academic entrepreneurs: The elephant in the commercialization room. Paper presented at International Council for Small Business in Dublin, Ireland.

Desplaces, D, Blair, C.A., & Salvagio, T. (2014, May). Do e-learning tools make a difference? Results from a case study. Paper presented at the Eastern Academy of Management Conference, Newport, RI.

Shaver, K. G., Davis, A.E., & Blair, C.A. (2013, January). PSED 101: Secrets and syntax for the Panel Studies of Entrepreneurial Dynamics. Workshop presented at the meeting of the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, San Francisco, CA.

For a comprehensive list of Dr. Carrie Blair Messal's research, please see her CV.