Biographical Statement

Prior to returning to school for my Ph.D., I studied computer science and worked at IBM for 12 years as a programmer and project manager. This inspired me to I specialize in media studies and new media. My primary research interests are virtual work, technology adoption and adaptation including media law, and the uses and effects of technology on communication processes. My current research projects include investigating the use of social media between instructors and students and the effects of technology on student-parent communication in college. I particularly enjoy teaching and am passionate about media literacy education and making students good digital citizens.


  • Ph.D. in Communciation, Media Technology and Society, from Purdue University. Minors in Organizational Communication and Research Methods
  • M.S. in Computer and Information Science from University of Minnesota
  • B.S. in Computer Science and Scientific and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University

Professional Activities

  • Adjunct, University of Dallas
  • Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • Visiting Professor, Purdue University
  • Adjunct, University of St. Thomas
  • Programmer, team lead, consultant and project manager, IBM

Courses Taught

  • Public Speaking
  • Public Speaking/Intro to Communications Hybrid
  • Communication Theory
  • Interviewing
  • Meeting Management
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Contemporary Media in Everyday Life (Mass Media)
  • Business and Professional Communication


  • Matei, S.A., Bruno, R, & Morris, P.L. (2015). Visible Effort: Visualizing and measuring group structuration through social entropy. In S.A. Matei & M. Russell (Eds.) Transparency in social media: Tools, methods and algorithms for mediating online interactions (Computational social sciences). New York: Springer Publishing House.
  • Sarapin, S. H., & Morris, P. L. (2015). Faculty and Facebook friending: Instructor-student online social communication from the professor’s perspective. The Internet and Higher Education, 27, 14-23.
  • Morris, P. L. & Niedzwiecki, C. S. (2014). Odd or Ordinary: The Influence of Reality TV on Perceptions of Family. In A. F. Slade, A. J. Narro, & B. P. Buchanan (Eds.) Reality television: Oddities of culture. Lexington Books.
  • Sarapin, S. H., & Morris, P.L. (2014). When “Like”-minded people click: Facebook interaction conventions, the meaning of “speech” online, and Bland v. RobertsFirst Amendment Studies48(2).
  • Morris, P .L. & Connaughton, S. L. (2013). Managing effectively in virtual work contexts: An empirical study. In E. Nikoi & K. Boateng (Eds.) Collaborative communication processes and decision making in organizations. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.