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Northwestern School of Communication

Rick G. Morris

(he/him)
Associate Dean of Finance and Administration, Office of the Dean; Professor of Instruction
My research centers on the business and law of entertainment, media management, free speech, and strategy. My teaching is most often informed by my research and industry experience. I have worked in various industry capacities at the international, national, regional and local levels.

Area(s) of Expertise

Entertainment Industry, Media analysis, Social Media, Television
Rick G. Morris

Rick Morris is the Associate Dean for Administration and Finance. He manages the School’s budget, human resources, IT infrastructure, technology and WNUR. He serves on campus committees in the areas of finance and technology. He teaches, researches, and practices in the areas of media management, social media and technology, entertainment and media law, regulation and policy. Rick came to the School of Communication from the NBC Television Network in New York City and has media experience with ABC/Disney, Telemundo and PBS stations.

Education

  • LLM, New York University
  • JD, University of Kansas
  • MBA, DePaul University (with Distinction)
  • BA, Major: Political Science, with minors in Economics and Education, University of Illinois

Publications

  • Morris, Rick G., “The Futility of Regulating Social Media Content in a Global Media Environment,” Notre Dame Journal on Emerging Technology.
  • Morris, Rick, "Media Moguls Risking It All: Contract Clauses in the Entertainment Business in the Age of #MeToo," 9 Ariz. St. Sports & Ent. L.J. 1 (2019).
  • Morris, Rick "The End of the Networks," Florida International University Law Review 2 FIU Law Rev 55 (2006-07).
  • Kleinhans, Chuck and Rick Morris (2004). Court TV: Evolution of a Reality format in Ouellette, Laurie and Susan Murray, Startling! Heartbreaking! Real! Reality TV and the Remaking of Television Culture. NYU Press.
  • Morris, Rick (1994-95). Management for Engineers – monthly column. Broadcast Engineering.
  • Morris, Rick G., "Use of Copyrighted Images in Academic Scholarship and Creative Work: The Problems of New Technologies and a Proposed 'Scholarly License,'" 33 IDEA: The Journal of Law and Technology, 123 (1993).

Recent Awards and Honors

  • 2006 Emmy Nomination: Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence – Technical Achievement, Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences
  • 2003 Emmy Nomination: Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence – Technical Achievement, Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences
  • 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence — Technical Achievement

Grants

  • 2014 – 2016: Louis Theater renovation, $250,000
  • 2005 – 2006: WNUR Jazzfest 2005. Illinois Arts Council. $1,079
  • 2002 – 2003: WNUR Jazzfest 2002. Illinois Arts Council. $1570
  • 2001 – 2002: WNUR Jazzfest 2001. Illinois Arts Council. $1590

Recent Courses

  • MSLCE 505: Entertainment Law and Ethics
  • MSC 532: Current Issues in Privacy
  • MSC 521: Telecommunications Law, Policy, and Strategy
  • Comm Studies 302: Law of the Creative Process
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