Dr. Eric R. Morris


Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, 2004, University of Kansas
  • MA, 1993, Kansas State University
  • BS, 1990, Missouri State University


  • COM 320 Principles of Advanced Debate
  • COM 321 Inter-Collegiate Debating
  • COM 328 Persuasion
  • COM 496 Readings in Communication and Persuasion
  • COM 532 Teaching Debate
  • COM 534 Teaching Individual Events
  • COM 597 Studies in Communication Theory and Practice
  • COM 702 Theory and Research in Communication
  • COM 716 Rhetorical Analysis in Communication Research
  • COM 796 Independent Study

Research and professional interests

Eric Morris completed his PhD work at the University of Kansas, with a dissertation focusing on clash strategies in presidential debates. A number of his publications have also focused on questions related to political or academic debates, including format, audience, constraints, strategies and outcomes. He also directs the Missouri State debate program. Beyond debates, his academic interests focus on political communication and public argumentation. His other publications have included work on the framing of liberal and conservative perspectives, rhetoric about terrorism and strategies used to define the meaning of politically relevant events.