S. P. (Sam) Morris

S. P. MorrisClinical Professor

219D Laws Hall
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/drsammorris

Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Philosophy, History, and Socio-Cultural Study of Sport (Dissertation: On Sport Hunting: A Philosophical Case-Study in Animal Sports)
M.S., Miami University, Sport Organization
B.S., Miami University, Sport Studies

Curriculum Vitae

Positions Held

  • Clinical Professor, Miami University (2019 - present)
  • Associate Clinical Professor, Miami University (2018 - 2019)
  • Senior Clinical Faculty, Miami University (2017 - 2018)
  • Clinical Faculty, Miami University, (2011 – 2017)
  • Lecturer, The Ohio State University, (2010 – 2011)
  • Graduate Teaching Associate, The Ohio State University, (2006 – 2010)
  • Staff Assistant, Ohio High School Athletic Association, (2006 – 2011)
  • Graduate Teaching Associate, Miami University, (2003 – 2005)

Awards and Recognition

  • Peter Magolda Teaching Excellence Award, nominee (2020, currently standing)
  • Excellence in Career Development Award Winner (2016)
  • Two time Outstanding Professor Award (nominee), Associated Student Government (2015, 2019)
  • Nine-time earner of official commendations for excellence in teaching (2012 – 2020)
  • Eight-time Top-100 award winner for excellence in teaching (2013 – 2020)
  • Exceptional Service Award winner in the College of Education, Health & Society (2014)
  • Recipient of a Certificate of Professional Development in College Teaching (2008)
  • Recipient of the Zuck Scholarship (2007 – 2008)
  • Finalist for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Barbra Brown Student Paper Award (2006)

Scholarly Focus

Philosophy, history, and socio-cultural study of sport; especially ethics in sports. My scholarship is interdisciplinary but grounded primarily in philosophy (generally) and ethics (specifically). I accent heavily from sociology and history and my work is inescapably tied to the interplay of markets, economies, institutions, social conditions, and concerns over justice, broadly conceived. The overarching objective of my scholarship (and teaching) is to work toward the betterment of sport management, as an institution, and of societies (generally), domestic and abroad.

Recent Publications

Courses Taught

  • SLM 495: Practicum in Sport Leadership and Management
  • SLM 4/572: Sport in Schools and Colleges
  • SLM 225: Ethics in Sports
  • SLM 4/516: Sport Marketing
  • SLM 378: Sport, Power, and Inequality

In the News

The Unfathomable Inner Reality of Sports-Related Concussions - with Sam Morris

In recent years, concussions have gained more and more media attention. However, there is still so much we don’t know. So in this episode, we look at some of the work being done to explore the effects, the lasting repercussions, and the need to do more.


The Trouble With Mascots

School mascots can create a shared identity and foster a sense of loyalty among fans and communities. But some mascots, especially those that may be viewed as stereotypical or insensitive to cultural subgroups, can also cause controversy.

This issue recently caused a deep rift throughout a local school district in Ohio, where a debate around a Native American mascot became a fascinating story that touched upon moral psychology, the importance of local politics, and the ways in which other schools can navigate similar challenges.