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Morris teaches courses within the multi-disciplinary field of “public policy”, including economics, policy analysis, and social justice theory. As a faculty member in public policy analysis, she engages primarily in applied research. Her broadly defined area of research and scholarship focuses on workforce dynamics, poverty and work, and work and family. The policy arenas in which her research matters include labor and welfare policy as well as work-place employment policies. She has conducted policy research and analysis for federal and state governments examining the impact of welfare reform policy changes and welfare-to-work programs, the factors related to retention, recruitment and turnover of direct care workers and health care workers in Maine. She was also the Principal Investigator for a large agency-wide employee survey for Maine’s newly merged Department of Health and Human Services examining job stress, job satisfaction and intent to stay/leave as well as commitment and cooperation with the Department’s merger and other organizational restructurings. Morris also received funding through the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management/National Survey of America’s Families’ Small Research Grants Program to study the stress effects of work among parents of children with special needs. She serves as a faculty advisor for the Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Policy Scholar program, a fellowship program for undergraduates in Maine.