As an associate professor at Loyola University Chicago, Morris teaches a variety of undergraduate advertising and general communication courses such as Principles of Advertising, Copywriting, Media Planning, Advertising/Public Relations Capstone and Quantitative Research Methods for Communication, and instructs Research Methods for Discovering and Investigating Stories in the new SOC graduate program. She has also introduced new courses with experimental pedagogical design to reflect advertising’s interdisciplinary nature. Design for Advertising/Public Relations and Multimedia Commercial Production for Advertising/Public Relations are both team taught with specialists from the related fields. Morris’ research on these classes received Top Teaching Paper Award by the Advertising Division at AEJMC’s Annual Conference in August 2013.
Morris has an impressive academic and professional background. She has spent over 18 years in advertising and marketing communications and has worked in account management for Foote Cone & Belding, Los Angeles and DraftWorldwide, Chicago. Morris was also employed at regional agencies and businesses and was involved in the production of 100s of television commercials. Her love of the field led her to pursue a Ph.D. in Mass Communications at the Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, New York. She also has an MBA from California State University, Long Beach, Calif.
While at other universities – Syracuse University; the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.; De Paul University, Chicago; Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill. – Morris has taught courses in visual communication, literacy and advertising and received teaching awards for her efforts. Her research focus is on international advertising and the relationship between images and culture. Morris has published work on gender in print and outdoor advertising around the globe and completed other research work on new media images, organizations and international campaigns.
Morris has a passion for traveling, classical music, opera, art and architecture and had been a docent for the Chicago Architectural Foundation for almost 20 years.