Sam Morris, PhD

Sam Morris, PhD   

Assistant Professor of English

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Bluffton, SC 29909
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Sam Morris, PhD

My name is Sam Morris, and I am an Assistant Professor of English at USCB. I am also the Program Coordinator for the B.A. in English, with Secondary ELA Licensure.

As someone who has been entrusted with helping to guide our majors to successful careers as high school English teachers, I believe in balancing the study of the fundamentals of teaching such as lesson planning and instruction with an examination of existing structures of testing, curricula, censorship, and canonization.This work is exciting, and we continually strive to ensure that our shared pedagogical goals are accomplished in ways that are accessible, equitable, and antiracist.

I believe that, while all teachers are literacy teachers, one of the most important things that an ELA teacher does is help students become versatile writers and lifelong readers. In my work with pre-service teachers, we continually strive to ensure that our shared pedagogical goals are accomplished in ways that are accessible, equitable, and antiracist.  

My early career goal of being a “Long 19th Century” British literature specialist shifted after spending several years as a high school English teacher. I became fascinated with the pedagogical possibilities of literature written for adolescents, a fascination that I have brought to classes such as Adolescent Literature and Development, Content Literacy for Secondary Teachers, and Secondary ELA Methods.

My upcoming book is an argument for purposeful and sustained integration of youth culture into the high school ELA classroom. I combine an examination of the existing structures of reading lists, standards-based curriculums, and testing with a discussion of the kinds of pedagogy and texts that are typically excluded from the ELA classroom.

I also write about music, films, and television! I have had opportunities to publish my thoughts on time travel in film as well as how Eddie Vedder is actually a lot like Romantic poet John Keats. My current project deals with transgender representation in popular culture.

  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research

PhD in English. University of Arkansas 2019

MA in English. University of Tennessee 2003

BA in Honors English Literature with Minors in Women's Studies, American Studies, and Japanese. University of Tennessee 2001

  • ENGL B101 - Composition and Rhetoric
  • ENGL B102 - Composition and Literature
  • ENGL B432 - Adolescent Literature and Development
  • ENGL B480 - Secondary ELA Methods
  • EDRD B429 - Content Literacy for Secondary Teachers
  • Literature for Adolescents
  • Pedagogical and Theoretical Approaches to Literacy
  • Transgender Studies
  • Popular Culture