Nancy M. Morris

  • Instructor
    Education Program
  • Instructor
    Graduate Outreach Education
  • Instructor
    Act 48/GUEC

At Gannon University I teach in the Education Department, in which I feel right at home in because I am a Gannon alum! I majored in elementary and special education and have been working in the special education field since graduation.  My husband and I just recently moved back to Erie area, where we met, and have settled down.  Previously we have been moving and living across the Midwest.  I have enjoyed the variety of experiences that it brought me, but I am very happy to be back close to home.  

I originally grew up on the west side of Cleveleland which is where my family still lives and I see them often. My husband and I enjoy hiking and cooking together and also love the theater and frequently go to see the Erie Philharmonic performances.   We are looking forward to sharing some new experiences with our newest addition to our family, our son Jason!   I am very happy to be working here at Gannon and to be back in Erie.  It feels a bit like coming home!


Morris, N., & Piovesan, D. (2015). Crayons for Kids. Gannon
University, Barber Center: Erie-GAINS Mini Grant Proposal.

Morris, N. (2014). Partners in Print: A Family Literacy Initiative. Gannon University, St. Peter Cathedral School: Erie-GAINS
Mini Grant Proposal

Courses Taught

SPED 306 Data Driven Instruction

SPED 307 Low Incidence Disabilities

ELED 101 Child Development

EDCR 103 Foundations of Education

SPED 242 Collaboration and Partnership

SPED 322 Positive Behavioral  Supports

SPED 308 High Incidence Disabilities

GEDU 730/731 Diverse Learner Competencies

GEDU 609 Inclusive Classrooms

GUEC 565 Integrating iPads into the classrom

Educational History

Gannon University, Masters in Public Administration, 2015

University of Akron, Principal Licensure; 2011

University of Akron, Masters of Science in Educational Administration; 2010

Gannon University, Bachelors of Science in Elementary and Special education; 2003

Professional Experience

Instructor, Gannon University, Education Department, Erie, PA (August 2012-Present)

Special Education Teacher, Birmingham Public Schools, Birmingham, MI (August 2011-June 2012)

Special Education Teacher/Administration Internship, North Canton Public Schools, North Canton, OH (August 2007 - June 2011)

Special Education Teacher, St. Charles Public Schools, St. Charles, IL (August 2006-June 2007)

Special Education Teacher, Geneva Public Schools, Geneva, IL (August 2005 - June 2006)

Third Grade Teacher, St. Mel's School, Cleveleland, OH (August 2003 - June 2005)

Professional Societies

Council for Exceptional Children


I am very interested in instructional technology. I presented at the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children's conference in November of 2013 on incorporating iPads and assistive technology in the classroom. 

Morris, N. M. (2013, November). ipads and assistive technology: Engaging learners to achieve success. Peer reviewed presentation conducted at the Pennsylvania council for exceptional children convention, Harrisburg, PA.


I am the advisor for Student Pennsylvania State Educator Association.  Our club works to provide professional development and training opportunities for our education undergraduates in various education fields.  Our pinnacle project are Family LIteracy nights that we sponsor at St. Peter's Cathedral School in which our education students prepare lessons and activities for parents and their children to do together as they learn strategies and best practices in reading and how to support their child at home.  We have successfully collaborated with St. Peter's School on these events from 2014 to the present.  

We most recently sponsored mock interviews, a professionalism fashion show and volunteered in the Erie County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force's "Be a Hero Run".  I also sit on the Erie CAPT which is a task force that is made up of representatives of various social service, counseling, education and crime prevention organizations. Our mission is to educate and provide awareness on how to prevent child abuse.  

Gannon University Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge (I-HACK)

Gannon University announces the launch of the Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge (I-HACK).