Jennifer McGarry

Professor and Department Head


Professor and Department Head, Department of Educational Leadership
Executive Director, Husky Sport

Academic Degrees:

University of Notre Dame-BA English
Morehead State University-MA English
The Ohio State University-Ph.D. Sport Management

Areas of Expertise:

Sport Management

Gender and Race in Sport

Sport Based Youth Development

Qualitative Research

Youth Physical Activity


Dr. McGarry has been a part of the Sport Management program at the University of Connecticut since January of 2002 after spending eight years as an athletic administrator and volleyball coach at Kenyon College in Ohio, including two years as athletic director. Dr. McGarry’s research line has focused primarily on barriers and supports for women and those from marginalized ethnic and socio-economic groups. Dr. McGarry is also the program founder and director of Husky Sport. Husky Sport has both a program and a research component. The program provides mentors (UCONN students) as planners of sessions at community sites in Hartford, CT that emphasize exposure and access to sport and physical activity, and advocate good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Research has focused on individual level impacts of such a program on pre-adolescents and the reciprocal impact of involvement on the college student mentors. Additionally, current research is focused on the organizational or socio-cultural level impacts of campus-community partnerships. For more see

Selected Publications/Presentations:

Andrassy, E & Bruening, J.E. From Rhetoric to Reality: NCAA Division I Athletic Department MissionStatements and Student-Athlete Community Service Efforts. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 4, 271-288 271

Dixon, M.A. & Bruening, J.E. Youth and Community Sport. In P. Pederson, J. Parks, J., Quarterman, & L. Thibault, Contemporary Sport Management, Fourth Edition. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

Bruening, J.E, Madsen, R.M., Evanovich, J.M & Fuller, R.D. Discovery, Integration, Application and Teaching: Service Learning through Sport and Physical Activity. Sport Management Education Journal, 4(1), 31-48.

Bruening, J.E., Dover, K.M, & Clark, B.C.Pre-Adolescent Female Development through Sport and Physical Activity: A Case Study of an Urban Afterschool Program. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 80, 87-101

Bruening, J.E. & Dixon, M.A. Situating Work-Family Negotiations within a Life Course Perspective: Insights on the Gendered Experiences of NCAA Division I Head Coaching Mothers. Sex Roles, 58, 10-23.

Dixon, M.A. & Bruening, J.E. The Quest for Work-Family Balance: A Top-Down Perspective. Journal ofSport Management, 21, 471-496.

Bruening, J.E. & Dixon, M.A. The Quest for Work-Family Balance: Managing Role Conflict. Journal of Sport Management, 21, 377-406.

Cunningham, G.B, Bruening, J.E., & Straub, T. The under-representation of African Americans in NCAA Division I Head Coaching Positions. Journal of Sport Management, 20, 387-413.

Bruening, J.E. & Cunningham, G.B. Students’ Perceptions of Barriers and Supports in Sport and Leisure Careers. International Journal of Sport Management, 7(4), 445-458.

Bruening, J.E. Academic Stereotypes of African American Female Student-Athletes: A Qualitative Study. Academic Athletic Journal, 18 (1), 22-35.


Provost’s Award for Excellence in Outreach and Public Engagement


Husky Sport

Journal of Sport Management, Editorial Board

Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, Editorial Board

Sex Roles, Editorial Board

In the News:

McGarry Burton team up with epsnW US department of state on women in sport initiative

Jennifer McGarry
Contact Information
Phone860 486 5139
File CV January 2019
Mailing AddressUnit 3093
Office LocationGentry 233