Dr. Joy Morrison

Director, Office of Faculty Development. University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Professor, Department of Journalism

Office location: 222 Bunnell Building
Box 757580,
University of Alaska Fairbanks
AK 99775-7580 USA.
Tel: (907) 474-5055 
Email: jfmorrison@alaska.edu
Fax:  (907)474-5811

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Joy Morrison, Director


Ph.D., Mass Communication, 1991. School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Dissertation: "Communication and Social Change: A Case Study of Forum Theater in Burkina Faso, West Africa". Supervisor: Dr. Hanno Hardt

M.S., Economics and Agricultural Economics, May 1985. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces,
New Mexico. Thesis: "Southwestern Native American Cattle Ranching: An Evaluation of Management Alternatives."

B.S. (Honors), Environmental and Resource Economics, May 1983. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Tertiary education includes two years (1971-2) in a B.A. Commerce program at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa; and two years (1979-80) in a B.Sc Political Science degree via UNISA (the University of South Africa) in Pretoria. Both programs were interrupted due to unforeseen circumstances.


Director, Office of Faculty Development, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2002- ) Responsible for all faculty development efforts at UAF.

Sabbatical leave (Spring 2011). Center for Teaching & Learning, Universityof Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa, and Learning & Teaching Enhancement Unit, University of Southampton, UK.

Sabbatical leave (Fall 2004). University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa. Visiting faculty member at the Graduate School of Journalism.

Chair, Department of Journalism. University of Alaska Fairbanks (2001-2003). Department of Journalism, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Responsible for running of department, 6 full-time faculty, 8 part-time instructors.

Provost's Associate for Faculty Development, UAF (1999-2002). Responsible for coordinating all faculty development efforts at UAF.

Professor of Journalism (promoted 2003), Department of Journalism, University of Alaska Fairbanks (1990 - present). Classes taught: Introduction to Mass Communication; Media Theory; International Communication; Journalism History; Journalism Ethics; Media Research; Media And Society; Women, Minorities and the Media; Media Literacy; History & Philosophy of Public Service Broadcasting. Classes taught via Independent Learning Program, College of Rural Alaska (1995 - present) include Introduction to Mass Communication, and Public Relations. Graduate courses include Communication Theory, Diversity in Media, and Comparative Global Media Systems.

Sabbatical leave (January-August 1998). The Australian Center for Independent Journalism, University of Technology, Sydney. Projects included examining the structure and funding of Aboriginal broadcasting; interning at Edelman Worldwide Public Relations; studying the Australian journalism education model; and lecturing in the Department of Social Communication and Journalism at UTS.

Coordinator, Graduate Program in Professional Communications, Journalism Department, University of Alaska Fairbanks (1995 -1997). Designed and introduced graduate program.

Coordinator, Women's Studies Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks. (1998 - 2000).

Adviser, Academic Advising Center, UAF. 1992-1994. Received specialized training in advising. Served on UAF's Student Retention Committee during this period to improve retention rates.

Instructor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa. Summer 1990. History and philosophy of public service broadcasting.

Instructor, Center for Credit Programs, Saturday Evening Courses, University of Iowa. Spring 1990. Mass communication courses.

Teaching Assistant, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa. 1988-90


Morrison, J. "Forum Theater in West Africa: An Alternative Medium of Information Exchange". Research in African Literatures. Vol. 22, No. 3. Fall 1991.

Morrison, J. "Communicating Healthcare Through Forum Theater in Burkina Faso", Gazette: An International Journal of Mass Communication, Vol. 52, No. 3. 1993.

Morrison, J. "Journalism Training Programs in the Commonwealth of Independent States: An Overview of Alaskan and U.S. Participation". Journalism Educator, 49/1, Spring 1994.

Yakimov, Oleg D. and Morrison, J. "The National Press of the Indigenous Peoples of Siberia: Origins and Future Directions". European Journal of Communication, Vol. 10(1):109-126, 1995.

Morrison, J. "Feminist Theater in Africa: Will It Play in Ouagadougou?" Howard Journal of Communications. Vol. 5, No. 3, Spring 1995.

Morrison, J. "East, West, Which Ones Best?: The changing model of Russian media and journalism education" Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. Vol. 5/2 Autumn 1997.

Morrison, J. "Dreamtime Radio: Remote Aboriginal Communities in Australia Create a Voice of Their Own." Journal of Radio Studies. Vol. 7 No. 1, 2000.

Morrison, J. "The Role of Indigenous Radio in the New Australian Democracy." Proceedings of the International Conference " Radiocracy: Predicting Pathways & Pulling Together." M.L. Sultan Technikon, Durban, South Africa. 2001.

Morrison, J. "AIDS Education in Africa: a case for using traditional media." In proceedings of the "Media in Africa" conference. Stellenbosch University, South Africa. 2004.


Morrison, J. "Forum Theater: a cultural form of communication". In Ansu-Kyeremeh, K. and J. Morrison (Eds.). Perspectives on Indigenous Communication in Africa. Chapter XI. Legon: University of Ghana Press, 2000.

Morrison, J. "Women and Radio." Women's Studies Encyclopedia. Routledge. 2001.

Morrison, J. "We're Telling Our Own Stories Now": Indigenous Australians Resist Broadcasting Hegemony. In Fuller, L. and Carlos, G. (eds.) Global Ethnic Minorities and Community Broadcasting. Greenwood Press. 2002.

Morrison, J. "Media Depiction of Minorities." In Johnston, D. (ed.) Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications. Academic Press. 2003.


Morrison, J. and Harold Matteson. Communication between USAID and the U.S. University Community. Report for USAID JCARD Sub-committee. Las Cruces, New Mexico, 1983.

Diemer, Joel and J. Morrison. "Land Use in New Mexico Counties". Agricultural Experiment Station Report No. 64, Las Cruces, New Mexico State University, 1983.

Morrison, J. "On the Road with the Atelier Theatre Burkinabe". Development Communications Report. Vol. 68, 1988/3.

Morrison, J. Good Food Means Good Health: Peasant Attitudes and Nutritional Behavior in Burkina Faso. Unpublished report. Washington: Academy for Educational Development, 1990.

Milner, L, Fodness, D. and Morrison, J. "Women's Images of Guns: An Exploratory Study". In Costa, J. (Ed.). Proceedings of Gender and Consumer Behavior Conference, Salt Lake City 1991.

Morrison, J. "Forum Theater in Burkina Faso: Paving the Way for Dialogue, Interactivity and Change". Development Communications Report. Vol. 81, 1993/2.

Morrison, J. "Forum Theater in Africa: an interactive communication medium". Invited article. The African Farmer. Washington DC. Fall 1994.

Morrison, J. "Changes in the Mass Media of the Sakha Republic, Siberia", Media Development, 1/1995, Vol. XLII.


"Gender, Class, and Race in Mass Media" by Dines, G. and Humez, J. (eds.). Journal of International Communications. Vol. 3, No. 1 1996.

"Signals in the Air: Native American Broadcasting" by Michael Keith, and "Electronic media of Indigenous Peoples: A Voice of Our Own?" by Donald Browne. Journal of International Communications. Vol. 4 No. 1. 1997.

"The Beginnings of Communication Study in America: A Personal Memoir by Wilbur Schramm" by Chaffee, Steven H., and Everett M. Rogers (eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1997. Journal of International Communications. Vol. 6 No. 1. 1999.

"Representing 'Race': Ideology, identity and the media" by Robert Ferguson. Mass Communication & Society. Vol. 2 No. 2. 1999

"The Art of Facilitating Participation: Releasing the power of grassroots communication" by Shirley A. White (ed.). Journal of Communications. 51 (1). 2000.

"The Children are Watching: How the Media Teach About Diversity" by Carlos E. Cortes. Mass Communication & Society. Vol. 4 No. 3. 2001.


"Alaska Native Voices: Cultural Politics and the Mass Media" by Patrick Daley and Beverley James. For the University of Illinois Press. 2002.


"Russian journalism education: How appropriate is the U.S. model?" International and Intercultural Communication conference, Miami, Florida. February 1996.

Participant, International Training Assistance, "Post-Soviet Media in Transition" conference. Stirling University, Scotland. February 1996.

"Questioning U.S. Assistance to Russia, Central and Eastern European Media: Is our Free Press/First Amendment Model Ideal for Democracy?" Refereed, competitive panel organized and chaired. Paper of journalism education in Russia presented as part of this panel at the International Communications Association annual conference, Montreal, Canada, May 1997.

"Dreamtime Radio: Australia's Aborigines use satellites to create a voice of their own". 16th annual International and Intercultural Communications conference. Miami, Florida. February 1999.

"Satellite Dreaming Down Under: Aboriginal Broadcasting in the Age of Mabo." International Division of the annual International Communication Association conference, San Francisco. May, 1999.

"Dreamtime Radio: Australian Aborigines take control of the airwaves". Cultural Environment Movement conference, UNESCO, Paris. June 1999.

"Native Alaskan Community Radio: a good idea derailed by NPR?" Popular Culture Association annual conference. Philadelphia, April 2001.

"The Role of Indigenous Radio in the New Australian Democracy". International conference "Radiocracy: Predicting Pathways & Pulling Together". Durban, South Africa. September 2001.

"Alaska as a training ground for public radio journalism". Radio Division, Popular Culture Association conference. Toronto, Canada. March 2002.

"AIDS Education in Africa: a case for using traditional media." "Media in Africa" conference. Stellenbosch University, South Africa. September 2003.

Panelist, International Scholars. Conference "Evaluating Theses and Dissertations." Stellenbosch University, South Africa. November 2004.

Panelist, 'What Professional Developers Do: Reflecting on Skills, Knowledge, and Experience." POD Network Annual Conference. San Francisco, 2015.

Panelist and Chair: "Comparative Global Academic Development." POD Network Annual Conference. San Francisco, 2015.


2010 Training grant for distance education. University of Alaska Statewide office of the Vice   President for Academic Affairs, $35,000

2008 National Science Foundation. ADVANCE IT-Start. $128,000

2002 University of Alaska grant for women's leadership conference. $20,000

2001 University of Alaska Statewide Faculty Development Grant $50,000

2000 President's Special Projects for Women's Studies Retreat (jointly with UAA) $3,000

1999 Presidents Special Projects award for women's studies retreat. $3,000.

1999 Office of Arctic Research, UAF. Video purchase award. $2,000.

1998 International Programs Office, UAF. Travel research award. $1,000

1997 MAPCO Technology Enhancement Grant. $10,000.

1996 President's Special Projects Fund, Media Literacy course development. $1,500

1995 American Russian Center, Anchorage, Russian Journalism Training Project, $73,000.

1994 American Russian Center, Anchorage. Russian Journalism Training Project. $81,070.

1993 United States Information Agency. Journalism and Media Management Training for Russian Professionals and Journalism Faculty. $82,220.


Professional, Organizational & Development Network in Higher Education (POD), Chair of International Outreach Committee. POD Network. 2015-2017.

POD Network, Core Committee Member. 2008-2010.

College of Liberal Arts representative, UAF Faculty Senate. 2002-2003.

UAF Provost's Leadership Institute. 2000-2001.

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Faculty Seminar, Los Angeles.1999.

MVP Faculty Award, UAF Office of Multicultural Affairs.1999.

Editorial Board, American Communications Journal, 1996-2006.

Editorial Board, Journal of Communication Inquiry, 1988-1990, 1997-2006.

Board Member, UAF's Office of Multicultural Affairs, 1997-

Board member, UAF's Women's Center. 1995-2001

Board member, Literacy Council of Alaska. 1999 - 2000.

Faculty Adviser, KSUA student radio station, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 1991-1994, 1998- 2000.

Board Member, Women in Crisis/Counseling Assistance, Fairbanks, Alaska. 1995-6. President, 1996-8.

University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor's Education Diversity Team. 1994-97.

Chair, Feminist Scholarship Division, International Communications Association. 1996/97.

Program Chair, Feminist Scholarship Division, 1996 ICA conference.

Newsletter Editor, International Division, Broadcast Education Association, 1994-1995.

Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1994.

Associated Students of UAF, Senate Resolution in Recognition of Outstanding Teaching, Research and Advising, Fall 1994.

1992 Baskett Mosse Award for Faculty Development,

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.Second Place Award, Debut paper, Gender Issues Division, Broadcast Education Association, 1992.

Top Student Paper, Intercultural/Development Communication Division, International Communication Association conference. Dublin, Ireland 1990.

Honor Roll, New Mexico State University, 1983.

Phi Kappa Phi member.


English, French, Dutch, working knowledge of Spanish.


Professional & Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD), Association of American Colleges & Universities, AAUW, Association for Women in Development, Phi Kappa Phi.


Consultant, Faculty of Philology, Yakutsk State University, Russia. Fall Semester 1994. Design of new Journalism Department program and curriculum; instructional design; and teacher training.

Consultant, Citizen's Oversight Council on Oil Spill and Other Hazardous Substances, Anchorage, Alaska , Fall 1992. Prepared report on methods and effectiveness of communication between Oil Spill Commission and affected oil spill communities in Prince William Sound.

Researcher, Burkina Faso, West Africa. January to August 1989. Conducted research on theater as a communication medium to support rural social development projects including women's issues, sex education, AIDS awareness, nutrition, oral rehydration therapy and family planning.

Consultant, Nutrition Communication Project, Academy of Educational Development, Burkina Faso. Summer 1989. Collected baseline data, designed and wrote media campaign for social marketing of nutrition information.

Consultant, Household Food Security and Nutrition, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Burundi, Central Africa. Summer 1986. Examined NGO nutrition projects and recommended appropriate UNICEF intervention, including design of social marketing campaign for nutrition programs.

Program Assistant, Center for International and Comparative Studies, University of Iowa. 1985 to 1988. Positions with Women in Development Program and African Studies Program. Arranged speakers, events and classes to promote both these programs on campus and to the community.

Research Assistant to Director, Center for International Programs, New Mexico State University. 1983. Designed questionnaire, conducted a survey of U.S. universities participating in international technical assistance programs, prepared final report and recommendations for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Project Officer, UNICEF border operation in Thailand. 1980/1981 Cambodian refugee relief operation. Liaised with NGOs and international media, conducted baseline studies, arranged food distributions.

External Relations Division, UNICEF, Geneva, Switzerland. 1978-1980. Provided information to public, media and NGOs. Arranged special events and fund-raising workshops for UNICEF National Committees in Europe.

Administrative positions with United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (UNICEF, UNDP, UNEP, Economic Council for Europe) 1974-5, 1977.

Sales Representative, 3M South Africa, Retail Division. 1976.

Secretarial/Administrative, part-time positions in Cape Town, South Africa. 1973.

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