I've taught at the university level since 2006, but in my pre-higher-education years, I was a freelance journalist and photographer (10 years) and a media buyer for advertising agencies (eight years). I bring my non-academic experiences into my classrooms and my assignments. Currently an associate professor of writing and rhetorics at a state university. I teach basic business writing, college composition, and Native American rhetorics. In addition, I have served as director of the University Writing Center for three years, and recently completed a two-year terms as a university faculty union president.
Creative, practical, critical.
A selection of academic publications: Monograph Conversations in Story(ality): A contribution to the field of Contemporary Indigenous Rhetorics. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing. 2012. Journals “Rhetorical Sovereignty in the Composition Classroom.” Epiphany: Journal of Transdisciplinary Studies, 6:1, 1-28. “Native American Stand-Up Comedy: Epideictic Strategies in the Contact Zone.” Rhetoric Review, 30: 1, 37-53. Reviews Review of Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture edited by Cheryl Suzack, Shari M. Huhndorf, Jeanne Perreault, Jean Barman (University of British Columbia Press, 2011). Diffractions: Graduate Journal for the Study of Culture. Review of Reading American Novels and Multicultural Aesthetics: Romancing the Postmodern Novel by Lou Freitas Caton (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008). South Atlantic Review (Spring 2011). Essays “The Artist’s Lesson.” Western PA Reflections: Stories from the Alleghenies to Lake Erie. Colleen Clemens and Rebecca Beardsall, eds. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2011.
Earned BA from Point Park University (Pittsburgh), MA from Indiana University of PA, and PhD from Auburn University, AL.
When not creating new and interesting assignments for her students, Dr. Morris might be found working in her garden, writing articles for Teaching Tolerance, or editing her Inside 254 Podcast (developed with her officemate and friend).
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Native Americans, Career and Technical Education, Business, English, Journalism, Women's Studies, Other (Social Studies - History), Business, Native American Studies, Writing, Writing, Writing-Essays