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Jennifer Craft Morgan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Gerontology Institute  

Phone: 404.413.5214
In Person: One Park Place, Suite 605

Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill  
M.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 
B.A., Franklin and Marshall College

Dr. Morgan joined the faculty of the Gerontology Institute in the Fall of 2012. Her research focuses on jobs and careers, attempting to understand how policy, population, workplace and individual level factors shape how work is experienced and how work is organized. Dr. Morgan uses a life course perspective paying particular attention to issues of social stratification related to aging and gender. Her work ties research, education and service together by focusing on the translation of lessons learned. This translation of research into lessons and tools serves to help stakeholders, such as employers, program implementers, and workers, to build evidence-based solutions to pressing problems.

Dr. Morgan has extensive experience leading teams in funded research. She recently concluded her role as lead co-principal investigator, with Thomas R. Konrad, PhD for the Evaluation of the Jobs to Careers: Transforming the Front Lines of Health Care Program. Jobs to Careers was a national initiative of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the Hitachi Foundation. Jobs to Careers sought to establish systems that train, develop, reward, and advance current frontline health and health care workers to improve the quality of care and ensure the quality of services provided to patients and communities ( In related work, she has completed a project with the Health Work Force Institute at the Washington State Hospital Association and funded by the Hitachi Foundation to document the work of pioneer hospitals and health systems who are investing in career advancement and ‘grow your own’ strategies for frontline health care workers (

Dr. Morgan is currently principal investigator of two studies in workforce aging. The UNC Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) study seeks to understand the role of state-based loan repayment and scholarship programs in the recruitment and retention of Nurse Faculty (an older than average profession). For the second project, Dr. Morgan will lead the evaluation for the NC Personal Home Care Aide State Training program funded by HRSA and housed at the NC Department of Health and Human Services