Prior to attending Purdue 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 specialize in media studies and new media. My primary research interests are technology adoption and adaptation including media law, and the uses and effects of technology on communication processes (particularly in the classroom). My current research projects include the use of cell phones in the classroom, and the intersection of social media and the First Amendment. I particularly enjoy teaching and am passionate about media literacy education and making students good digital citizens.
- Ph.D. in Communication, 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
- 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
- Public Speaking
- Business and Professional Communication
- Mass Media and Contemporary Society
- Human Communication and the Internet
- Introduction to Research Methods
- Advanced Topics in Small Group Communication
Administrative & Service Responsibilities
- IUPUI Program Review and Assessment Committee
- IUPUI PRAC Program Reports Review subcommittee
- IUPUI General Education Review Subcommittee of the Undergraduate Affairs Committee
- IUPUC Student Affairs Committee
- IUPUC Office for Women Advisory Board
- IUPUC Media Literacy Week Committee (Chair)
- IUPUC Senator at Large (alternate)
Service to the Communication Discipline
- National Communication Association – Communication and Law Division
- President (2018-2019)
- Vice president and program planner (2017-2018)
- Vice-president elect (2016-2017)
- Secretary (2014-2016)
- National Association for Media Literacy Education Conference Planning Committee (March – Jun 2019).
- National Association for Media Literacy Education Leadership Board, Board of Advisors, (August 2017 - Present).
- Guest Editor, Special Issue of Communication Law Review: “Freedom of Speech and the Press in President Trump's First Year”, August 2018.
- Communication Law Review, Associate Editor (March 2017 - Present).
- Journal of Media Literacy Education, Reviewer. (Dec. 2018-present).
- Communication and Media (Journal), Reviewer. (Dec. 2018-present).
- Internet in Higher Education (Journal), Reviewer. (January 2017 - Present).
Awards and Honors
- Top Paper, Communication and Law, National Communication Association November 9, 2018
- Top Paper in Division, Southern States Communication Association April 6, 2018
- Top Paper, Communication and Law, National Communication Association November 17, 2017
- Top Paper, Communication and Law, National Communication Association November 11, 2016
- Sarapin, S. H., & Morris, P. (in press). Justifiable bromide: Exaggeration in cartoons reflects public perceptions of the jury as a big joke. Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture.
- Sarapin, S.H. & Morris, P.L. (August 2018). Entertaining free expression on public sidewalks: Are city ordinances kicking musical muses to the curb? First Amendment Studies.
- Sarapin, S.H. & Morris, P.L. (December 2017). Executive censorship of science: Muzzling federal researchers, thwarting the public’s right to know, and impairing trust in government. Communication and Law Review, 17(1). http://www.commlawreview.org/
- Sarapin, S. H., Morris, P.L., & Vo, N. (2017). The biggest lie on the Web: Coming to terms with the failure to read through the lens of the First Amendment First Amendment Studies, 51(2).
- Niedzwiecki, C.S. & Morris, P.L. (2017). Reality television. In M. Allen (Ed.). SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Morris, P.L. (2017). Triangulation. In M. Allen (Ed.). SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- 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. TheInternet 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. Roberts. First Amendment Studies, 48(2), 131-157.
- 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.
- Haas, E. J., Mattson, M., Jones, C., & Morris, P. L. (2013). Newspaper coverage of motorcycle accidents: A content analysis from a media framing perspective with implications for practice. International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, 9(2). Retrieved from http://ijms.nova.edu/Fall2013/IJMS_Artcl.Haasetal.html
- Morris, P. L. (2012). Listening and Legos. International Journal of Listening, 26(2), 94-97.
- Morris, P. L. (2011). Glimpses of community on the Web. In S. A. Matei and B. C. Britt (Eds.), Virtual sociability: From community to communitas (pp. 25-38). West Lafayette, IN: Ideagora.