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Faculty and Staff

Jennifer D. Morrison, Ph.D.

Title: Clinical Assistant Professor, M.Ed. in Teaching
Department: Instruction and Teacher Education
College of Education
Office: Online
Jennifer Morrison, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Educational Specialties: Language, Literacy, and Culture; University of Nevada, Reno
M.S., Curriculum and Instruction; McDaniel College
B.A., English; College of William and Mary


Teaching and learning, adolescent literacy, teacher preparation, staff development, critical pedagogy, qualitative and narrative methodologies.

Selected Publications

Morrison, J.D.  (in press). “Sometimes, I just go on a pinning spree”: How one middle schooler mediates social media in personal creative and fan fiction writing.  Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.

Morrison, J.D.  (2020). Dually critical: Blending liberal-humanist critical reading with Freirean critical literacy.  Talking Points.

Morrison, J.D. (2020).  VHS cassettes, CD-ROMs, and twenty years of National Board certification. South Carolina English Teacher. SCCTE:, 53-57.

Morrison, J.D. (2020). Data over assumptions: Determining how our schools engages in family-school partnerships. Blog post. Literacy in the Disciplines, 6-12.

Townsend, D., Brock, C. & Morrison, J.D. (2018).  Engaging in vocabulary learning in science:  The promise of multimodal instruction.  International Journal of Science Education.  DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2017.1420267

Morrison, J.D. (2017).  Painting literature with imagery: Helping students navigate the visualization process in reading.  South Carolina English Teacher.  5-11.

Morrison, J.D.  (2016).  “Never in my life have I learned to teach to a program and not to the kids sitting in front of me:” Critical pedagogy meets restrictive educational contexts.  International Journal of Critical Pedagogy7(2), 107-128.

Morrison, J.D.  (2014).  Finding traction for social justice practices through the student teaching socialization transition.  Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 10(2014), pp. 73-86.

Morrison, J.D., & Rudt, M. (2008).  A tale of two schools.  Educational Leadership. 66(4).  Retrieved from

Morrison, J.D. (2005). Ungrading” writing to achieve freedom for all. In Jeffrey N. Golub (Ed.), More Ways to Handle the Paper Load on Paper and Online. Urbana, Illinois:  NCTE.

Morrison, J.D. (2002).  The multicultural Shakespeare:  Using student-generated film to create a culturally relevant community.  English Journal.   92(1), pp. 47-52.

Selected Presentations

Lopez-Robertson, J. & Morrison, J.D. (2020). Embedded classrooms, culturally sustaining pedagogy, and growing early childhood literacy educators. Symposium presentation. ECEA National Day of the Child Virtual Conference.

Morrison, J.D. & Kane, B. (2020). LiD 6-12: Understanding teachers' needs with respect to literacy in the disciplines. SC Association for Middle School Educators State Conference (SCAMLE), Myrtle Beach, SC.

Morrison, J.D. (2019).  “‘What’s wrong with my personality?’ Using teacher inquiry to challenge students' externally imposed identities.  Paper presentation.  NCTE National Conference.  Baltimore, MD.

Batchleor, E. & Morrison, J.D. (2019). Unlocking inquiry:  Keys to opening the door to successful implementation.  Whole Language Umbrella Conference.  Columbia, SC.

Morrison, J.D. (2019). What we can learn from new teacher transitions. Professional Development Schools Serve Regional Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Morrison, J.D. (2018).  “Sometimes, I just go on a pinning spree”: How one middle schooler mediates social media in personal creative and fan fiction writing. Paper presentation. NCTE National Conference. Houston, TX.

Lopez-Robertson, J., & Morrison, J.D. (2018).  “Listen, we have something to say!”: Intersecting student voices, multicultural literature, and global citizenship. Donald Graves Writing Award Session.  NCTE National Conference. Houston, TX.

Curwood, J.S., Morrison, J.D., Torres, A.B. (2018).  ‘Where I’m from’ and ‘Who I am’: Cultivating community, creativity, and identity through spoken word poetry. Symposium. LRA Annual Conference. Indian Wells, CA.

Morrison, J.D. (2014).  Hearing voices:  Using narrative inquiry to explore teaching candidate transitions.  Panel presentation. National Council for Teachers of English Conference. Washington, D.C.

Morrison, J.D. (2001). Incorporating visual literacy into the English classroom. NCTE National Conference.  Baltimore, MD. 


  • Janice Hooper Holt Outstanding Dissertation in Research on Teacher Induction Award: AERA.  
  • Paul and Kate Farmer Award for Writing Excellence, NCTE.   
  • Teaching Excellence Award.  Maryland State Department of Education.  
  • Teacher of the Year. Stephen Decatur Middle School. 

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