Cameron University’s Dr. John G. Morris, Professor of English, was named one of three recipients of the South Central Modern Language Association’s (SCMLA) Honorary Lifetime Membership Award at the organization’s annual meeting in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday, October 14. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the organization over many years.
“Dr. Morris has served SCMLA diligently for more than 20 years,” says Ronna Vanderslice, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “His passion for American literature and poetry is one of the many reasons his students excel. I am thrilled that he has been recognized for his commitment with this prestigious honor.”
Morris, who first joined SCMLA in 1989 and has been a member continuously since 2000, served as its president in 2009-2010. In addition to serving as the American literature representative to the group’s executive committee from 2017-2020, he has chaired panels in American literature and creative writing, presented papers and conducted poetry readings of his work. Since 2018, he has been responsible for coordinating the annual Poet’s Corner session at the conference.