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Eric Morris - Missouri State University. Springfield, MO, US

Eric Morris Eric Morris

Assistant Professor, Communication | Missouri State University

Springfield, MO, UNITED STATES

Dr. Morris' academic interests focus on political communication and public argumentation.





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Dr. Eric Morris completed his PhD work at the University of Kansas, with a dissertation focusing on clash strategies in contemporary 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.

Industry Expertise (2)

Education/Learning Public Relations and Communications

Areas of Expertise (7)

Communication Political Communication Public Speaking Student Affairs Rhetoric Curriculum Design Argumentation and Debate

Accomplishments (1)

National Debate Tournament - Coach of the Year (professional)


Education (3)

University of Kansas: Ph.D., Communication Studies 2004

Kansas State University: M.A., Speech Communication 1993

Missouri State University: B.S., Communication & Political Science 1990

Affiliations (3)

  • Central State Communication Association (Reviewer Political Communication Division 2011 & 2006)
  • National Communication Association (Program Planner Cross Examination Debate Association 2006-2010)
  • American Forensic Association (Finance Committee 2006-2009)

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (5)

Missouri governor mirrors Trump in quest to survive scandal

Associated Press  online


Dr. Eric Morris, associate professor of communication at Missouri State University, explains what a witch hunt means in modern politics and why the allegations against Greitens are more damaging than allegations against President Trump.

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MSU Students, Faculty Gather to Watch Last Presidential Debate

KSMU  radio


The third and final presidential debate is over. Dr. Eric Morris, Missouri State University debate coach and communications professor, offered his views on last night’s event.

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MSU Students Participate In Presidential Debate Research

KOLR10  tv


Dr. Eric Morris, assistant communications professor at Missouri State University, talks about the presidential debate on Sept. 29.

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How Meaningful Is the ISIS ‘Genocide’ Designation?

The Atlantic  online


Eric Morris, who formerly worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and now teaches at Stanford University, was a little less sanguine about the designation.

He suggests that in the past, the debate over whether a crisis does or does not constitute genocide “was actually a way of delaying action” in the eyes of critics. Once declared, either by advocates or administrations, the designation does not always translate into action...

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Students and citizens debate guns on campus as part of MSU Talks program

Springfield News - Leader  online


The topic was whether to allow those with concealed carry permits to carry guns on campus, and before two students from the school's debate program presented their sides, Dr. Eric Morris, assistant professor at Missouri State University, asked the spectators for their thoughts...

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Event Appearances (6)

Bid Chasing: An exploration of incentives and possible remedies related to selection processes for the National Debate Tournament and CEDA Top Papers Panel

National Communication Association Conference 2011  New Orleans, LA

CEDA Top Papers Panel

National Communication Association Conference 2009  Chicago, IL

Positive Video Content

Wake Forest Debate Summit 2009  Winston-Salem, NC

Unconventional Judge Preferences and CEDA Top Papers Panel

National Communication Association Conference 2008  San Diego, CA

Judge Mentorship Program and CEDA Top Papers Panel

National Communication Association Conference 2007  Chicago, IL

Panel Discussion: Exploring the Impacts of New Technologies and Debate Practice: A Symposium

National Communication Association Conference 2006  San Antonio, TX

Articles (4)

Strategic Maneuvering in the 2008 Presidential Debates American Behavioral Scientist


Application of the pragma-dialectic perspective, and particularly, strategic maneuvering, to political argumentation remains sparse. To address the issue in the context of the 2008 campaigns, the clash strategies of Barack Obama and John McCain during the debates were coded using the same content analysis codebook as prior analyses of presidential debates, allowing comparison between 2008 and the other nine electoral cycles with general election debates.

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Consolidating Debate Governance: Working Group Recommendations (in Navigating Opportunity: Policy Debate in the 21st Century) International Debate Education Association


The governance working group was asked to explore the status of intercollegiate policy debate associations and recommend improvements in organizational structure. Our working group solicited input the range of debate organizations and included participation from leadership of
several organizations, and perspectives drawn from the conference participants. This document
presents our conclusions.

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Argue into the Camera, Please: An exploration of the prospects and drawbacks of comprehensive digital recording in policy debate Contemporary Argumentation and Debate


The article discusses the digital recording of debates. The author recounts his experience of videotaping debates.

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Teaching the undergraduate communication research methods course Journal of the Speech and Theater Association of Missouri


An imperative for personal and professional success is for communication students to understand and appreciate the wide range of research methods employed in academic and applied communication research. This article focuses on a course designed to prepare students for future academic study in the communication discipline and for professional careers in communication or related fields.

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