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Georgia Southern’s Marla Morris elected Fellow of Royal Society of Arts

Georgia Southern University professor Marla Morris, Ph.D., FRSA, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Awarded by the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), the prestigious fellowship is limited to individuals determined to have made outstanding achievements to social progress and development. RSA, a London-based, British organization, traces its roots back to 1754, and unites influential and innovative problem solvers to seek ideas and solutions to resolve global challenges and be at the forefront of social change. Previous fellows of note include Stephen Hawking, Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, Marie Curie and Benjamin Franklin.

“This is a great honor to be elected Fellow,” said Morris. “I am honored to be recognized in the company of so many incredible people.”

Fellows of the Royal Society are elected by a panel of existing fellows who consider the nominee’s merits, creativity and alignment with the society’s ambitions. Morris joins a select group of around 28,000 fellows globally.

Morris has been a faculty member of the College of Education (COE) at Georgia Southern for more than 20 years. A professor of curriculum studies in the Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading, Morris has published nine books and more than 35 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. 

Morris served as editor of the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing for seven years and was recently invited to be a regular columnist for the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Forum. Her scholarship has been translated into multiple languages. 

Morris’ books on the Holocaust have been recognized at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., while her book, Curriculum and the Holocaust: Competing Sites of Memory and Representation, won the American Educational Studies Association Critic’s Choice Award in 2001. She is also the 2004 recipient of the COE’s Jack Miller Award for Scholarship and Creativity and is the 2021 founder and co-editor of the Curriculum Studies Collaborative Journal and the newly created curriculum studies podcast series, “The Genealogy Project.” 

“Alongside scholarly achievements, my commitment to community service is of the utmost importance to me as I serve as a clinical staff chaplain at a level 1 trauma hospital in Savannah,” noted Morris. “I feel that it is in our everyday world that teachers, scholars and clinicians can make a difference in the lives of others.

“Fellowship is about that commitment to service and what we do in our everyday lives and comes in the form of intellectual, teacherly and clinical engagement with others. Educators play a key role in making for a more sustainable, just and equitable world.”

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers approximately 140 different degree programs serving almost 27,000 students through 10 colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit


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