Dr. Eric R. Morris



Department

Communication
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

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

Details

Education

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

Teaching

  • 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 696 Independent Study 
  • 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.

Awards and honors

Published intellectual contributions 

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Morris, E., Johnson, J. M. Strategic maneuvering in the 2008 presidential debates. To appear in American Behavioral Scientist.
  • Morris, E. (2008). Argue into the Camera, Please: An exploration of the prospects and drawbacks of comprehensive digital recording in policy debate. Contemporary Argumentation and Debate.

Conference Proceedings

  • Stables, G., Barnes, A., Cronn-Mills, D., Easley, T., Keenan, V., Morris, E., Sandoz, M. L. Recommendations from the Governance Working Group Wake Forest University,.

Journal Articles

  • Morris, E., Bauman, I., Dillon, R., Peterson, D., King, J. (2006). Teaching the undergraduate communication research methods course. Journal of the Speech and Theater Association of Missouri, 36, 115-129.

Presentations

  • Morris, E., NCA Conference, "CEDA Top Papers Panel," National Communication Association, Chicago, IL. (November 12, 2009).
  • Morris, E., Wake Forest Debate Summit, "Positive Video Content," NDT, CEDA, AFA, & ADA, Winston-Salem, NC. (June 6, 2009).
  • Morris, E., NCA Conference, "CEDA Top Papers Panel," National Communication Association, San Diego, CA. (November 2008).
  • Morris, E., NCA Conference, "Unconventional Judge Preferences," National Communication Association, San Diego, CA. (November 2008).
  • Morris, E., NCA Conference, "CEDA Top Papers Panel," National Communication Association, Chicago, IL. (November 2007).
  • Morris, E., NCA Conference, "Judge Mentorship Program," National Communication Association, Chicago, IL. (November 2007).
  • Morris, E., NCA Conference, "Exploring the Impacts of New Technologies and Debate Practice," National Communication Association, San Antonio, TX. (November 2006).
  • Morris, E., Carlin, D.B., Self, J.W., National Communication Association Conference, "A Visual Analysis of the 2004 Presidential Debates." (November 2005).
  • Morris, E., Central States Communication Association Conference, "Incumbency hates company: How general election presidential debate strategies are impacted by the incumbency variable." (April 2005).
  • Morris, E., Central States Communication Association Conference, "The deceptive power of dead metaphors." (April 2005).
  • Morris, E., National Communication Association Conference, "Debate Coaches Judge the 2004 Presidential Debates." (November 2004).
  • Morris, E., National Communication Association Conference, "Net Benefits Redux: A Call for a Distinct Conceptualization of the Net Benefits Competitive Counterplan." (November 2004).
  • Morris, E., National Communication Association Conference, "The Nuance of Deception Enacted: How Bush's Strategic Ambiguities in the 2003 State of the Union Address Imply a Pattern of Deception." (November 2004).
  • Morris, E., National Communication Association Conference, "The Women's Protest Against Woman Suffrage: The Changing Rhetorical Strategies of the Anti-Suffrage Movement." (November 2004).
  • Morris, E., National Communication Association Conference, "Public Relations: Future promotion for CEDA Debate." (November 2003).
  • Morris, E., National Communication Association Conference, "Reaching into American history / reaching out to American identities: how mythic visions help construct community and difference." (November 2003).
  • Morris, E., Self, J.W., Central States Communication Association Conference, "The Kansas gubernatorial debates:  A look through younger eyes." (April 2003).
  • Morris, E., Central States Communication Association Conference, "Train Wreck: How Clinton captured the political center in the FY 1996 budget showdown." (April 2003).
  • Morris, E., National Communication Association Conference, "We demand you affirm that our 1AC project has value: how the project metaphor (dys)functions as an alternative debate paradigm." (November 2002).
  • Morris, E., National Communication Association Pre-Conference Seminar, "Hegemonies of the extra-poetic: How rhetorical concerns intrude into poetics in a Symbolic of Motives and Poetics, Dramatistically Considered." (November 2002).
  • Morris, E., Central States Communication Association Conference, "The fallacious counterside of tiebreaking arguments: A reorientation of Walton’s contextual view of fallacy." (April 2002).
  • Morris, E., National Communication Association Conference, "How will the candidates discuss the issues? Let me count the ways...: an." (November 2001).
  • Morris, E., National Communication Association Conference, "Political comedy and candidate stereotypes: A comparative analysis of late night comedy caricatures of Presidential candidates and voter perceptions." (November 2001).
  • Morris, E., Central States Communication Association Conference, "Explaining college debate theory to high school students: strategies for discussing critiques, disadvantages, counter-plans, and judge adaptation with students with a stock issues background." (April 2001).
  • Morris, E., Central States Communication Association Conference, "The Caricature(s) of Presidential Candidates: A Typology of Jokes about George Bush and Al Gore Presented on the Tonight Show." (April 2001).