Pamala Morris wears several hats within the College of Agriculture, but all of her roles serve a similar purpose; to enhance inclusion and effective communication within the College of Agriculture and amongst agricultural academic communities. As assistant dean of the College of Agriculture and director of the Office of Multicultural Programs, Morris leads the multicultural education for faculty, staff and students. She developed two diversity awareness courses, which can be taken to fulfill the college’s Multicultural Understanding Requirement. As a professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication, Morris develops initiatives to educate the public about pressing agricultural issues facing the global community.
Morris’ work takes her across disciplines and the country. She has been a member of the National Association for Multicultural Education since 2000 and serves as project leader for eXtension’s virtual Community of Practice. The eXtension organization is an online platform where land grant universities can share resources and research. Additionally, Morris has received widespread recognition for her work promoting diversity in higher education. These accolades include: the National Award for Diversity from the USDA and the Ann Hancook Award from Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.