Dave Morris

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 1998

Contact Info


About Dave

David Morris’ entire professional career has been in education at the middle school, high school and college levels as a teacher, professor, coach, athletic administrator and academic advisor. After graduating from Presbyterian College in 1976, he moved to Dekalb County, Georgia, where he became a teacher and coach for seven years.

In 1983, Morris moved back home to Rhode Island where he taught and coached in public schools for three more years before he was offered the opportunity to coach baseball at the collegiate level at the University of Rhode Island. While at URI, he served as the assistant baseball coach, head baseball coach, academic advisor for student-athletes and physical education instructor.

In 1993, Morris came to Johnson & Wales University. For the last 24 years, he has served as a math instructor; baseball and basketball coach; assistant athletic director; and athletic director. He is currently an associate professor and faculty academic advisor in the Sports, Entertainment, Event — Management program.

Throughout my career, Morris has always been totally devoted and dedicated to teaching and working with students to help them to become successful academically, athletically, personally and professionally.


  • M.S., Education, Georgia State University
  • B.S., Presbyterian College

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best
to become the best you are capable of becoming. Coach John Wooden

Teaching Interests

Sports – especially Professional Sports and Collegiate Sports

Scholarly Interests

Reading and studying about Coaching/Leadership


  • Introduction to the Sports, Entertainment and Event Management Industry
  • The Business of Sports
  • Professional Sports Management
  • Athletic Coaching and Administration

Extra Curricular Roles

Co-Advisor for the Sports Management Club

Professional Affiliations

NACADA- the global community for academic advising, NAASM - North American Society for Sport Management

Honors And Awards

  • College of Hospitality Management Teacher of the Year - 2002
  • Baseball GNAC Coach of the Year – 2006 and 2008

Q&A with Dave

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

How Did You Get Started?

I majored in Education and planned to be a teacher and educator for my full career.

What Is Your Favorite Teaching Moment?

I love receiving letters/notes from students about how I impacted their life or helped then in their career – very rewarding!

What Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

Get involved on campus, start planning for your career on the first day of classes, work hard, and network with industry professionals.

What College Do You Teach In?

The College of Hospitality Management