Dr. Eric R. Morris



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

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


Dr. Eric Morris is associate professor of communication. His Ph.D. dissertation focused 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 University 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.



  • PhD, Communication Studies, 2004, University of Kansas
  • MA, Speech Communication, 1993, Kansas State University
  • BS, Communication & Political Science, 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 696 Independent Study 
  • COM 702 Theory and Research in Communication
  • COM 716 Rhetorical Analysis in Communication Research
  • COM 796 Independent Study

Professional experience


  • 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)

Research and professional interests

  • Presidential, political and academic debates
  • Political communication and public argumentation

Published intellectual contributions

Refereed Journal Articles:

Journal Articles:

Awards and honors

  • National Debate Tournament - Coach of the Year, 2008

Area of expertise

Communication Student affairs

Media appearances

Missouri governor mirrors Trump in quest to survive scandal
Associated Press
Dr. Eric Morris explains what a witch hunt means in modern politics and why the allegations against Greitens are more damaging than allegations against President Trump.

MSU Students, Faculty Gather to Watch Last Presidential Debate
KSMU Radio
Dr. Eric Morris offers his views on the third and final presidential debate.

MSU Students Participate In Presidential Debate Research
Dr. Eric Morris talks about the presidential debate on Sept. 29.

Students and citizens debate guns on campus as part of MSU Talks program
Springfield News-Leader
Dr. Eric Morris moderates debate.


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