Political Science and Sociology

Debate Watch Party
The first debate watch party was a great success.
We hope you will join us again for the third and final presidential debate.
Date: October 19th
Time: The debate starts at 8:00PM
Location: Curris Center Theater.

This year Murray State University welcomes five new tenure-track faculty to the Department of Political Science and Sociology. We thought it would be nice to take a moment and introduce each of the new faculty to the community.

Picture of Dr. Morrison

Jennifer Morrison

Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Welcome Dr. Morrison! Tell us, why did you choose to join the faculty at Murray State University?

Dr. Morrison: I didn’t choose Murray, Murray chose me!!! No, seriously, I like Murray because of the small town homey feel. I grew up outside Washington DC, in Northern Virginia, and I have lived in San Diego, and I am ready for a more peaceful relaxed lifestyle. Murray and Murray State offer that. I enjoy the small class sizes because it allows me to really get to really know my students, which is very important to me.

What do you like to do when you are not teaching or working on research?

Dr. Morrison: I try to spend that time with my family. My husband and I have four children, and three of them are in driving distance (here, Nashville, and Tuscaloosa). The 4th one is in Northern Virginia; my mom and my brother are in Nashville; I have a sister in St. Louis, and one in Ft. Wayne. I have three nieces under 3 that I want to spend time with! We have started to enjoy antiquing, and visiting places in this area of the country. We love to travel, and are hoping for another big trip next year… not sure where yet. He wants to go to Hawaii and I want to go to Great Britain. I have my shows; I have always been a voracious reader; and I have been working on my family genealogy for almost 20 years now! And during the fall… we watch Alabama football!! My son is Big Al!! #proudpacadermmama

Tell us about the courses you teach.

Dr. Morrison: I teach Public Administration courses. All my classes are upper-level undergraduate/graduate courses, and are either ITV or Online. My focus is public sector human resources, so I teach the HR class, Public Sector Labor Relations, and Public Organizations. I have taught the Capstone Seminar for the MPA program, as well as the Foundations in Public Administration class. As we work to build our program, we will be adding some other courses and I am working on a Comparative Public Administration course, with a possible (fingers-crossed) trip abroad.

Tell us about your research.

Dr. Morrison: My dissertation was on turnover intentions in the federal government. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a large sample. But I am currently working on two projects. The first one is on the communication of family-friendly policies, such as maternity and paternity leave, stop-the-clock tenure policies, part-time tenure track, etc., at Master’s colleges and universities. My sister is a professor of communications at IUPU Ft. Wayne, and we are working on it together. We are just finalizing corrections to our survey so we can send it by October 1st. Second, I received the Golden Key Fellowship from MSU for this academic year, and I am looking into experiential learning for MPA programs, particularly non-traditional students. Many MPA students are able to go to Washington DC or Frankfort, KY for internships, but that is more difficult for non-traditional students. I want to see what we can do to accommodate those students in order that they can also have that type of a hands-on learning experience.

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