Research Interests and Project Expertise
Work, Family, and Time; Program Evaluation; Qualitative Research Methods; Project Management
I received my B.S. in Sociology at Iowa State University and my M.A. in Sociology at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. My thesis was titled, "Factors Associated with Burnout Among Social Service Workers." There I worked on an evaluation of a credential program for social service workers which educates frontline social service workers to create partnerships with families they assist.
From 2005 until 2015 I was the Project Manager of the Flexible Work and Well-Being Center at the University of Minnesota; one of the centers in the Work, Family & Health Network.
From 2015 I have been a Research Specialist with Program Development at the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota.
- Campus-wide “Distinguished Thesis Award” November 2005
- Thesis unanimously selected as winner of the UMI/MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award for 2006
- Minnesota Population Center “Outstanding Service Award” November 2010
Magennis, Rachel and Deborah B. Smith. (2005). All Used Up: Factors Associated with Burnout among Missouri Social Service Workers. Missouri Electronic Journal of Sociology, 5, 1-33.
Moen, P., Kelly, E., & Magennis, R. (2008). Gender Strategies: Socialization, Allocation, and Strategic Selection Processes Shaping the Gendered Adult Course. In M.C. Smith and T.G. Reio Jr. (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Adult Development and Learning. pp 378-411. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, Inc.