R.J. Morgan is the executive director of the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association and an associate instructional professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi. In spring 2020, he received his PhD in educational leadership from the university.
Prior to his tenure at Ole Miss, R.J. taught journalism and advised scholastic publications at Starkville High School, where he was named Mississippi High School Journalism Adviser of the Year three times and was a statewide finalist for Mississippi Teacher of the Year in 2011. A nationally known teacher, speaker, researcher and leader in the world of scholastic journalism, R.J. is a JEA Certified Journalism Educator and a 2018 recipient of the Elizabeth Dickey Distinguished Service Award from the Southern Interscholastic Press Association.
His media experience includes freelance writing for the Associated Press, Sporting News magazine, the Oxford Eagle, Commercial Dispatch, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and Memphis Commercial Appeal. R.J. is a Ph.D. candidate in the field of K-12 education leadership and is currently working on his first book-length project about the folk and civil rights movements of the early 1960s.