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Kathy Sherman-Morris: Associate Professor, Meteorology & Climatology & Director of Geoscience Distance Learning Program

Kathy Sherman-Morris

Associate Professor, Meteorology & Climatology & Director of Geoscience Distance Learning Programs

301G Hilbun Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Dr. Kathy Sherman-Morris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences. Originally from the Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania, Dr. Sherman-Morris received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education from Mansfield University. Her graduate education includes a Master’s degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University with a concentration in Broadcast Meteorology, and a Ph.D. in Geography from Florida State University.  At Florida State, her dissertation research examined the one-sided friendship individuals develop with their local broadcast meteorologist and the influence it has on their response to warning communication.

Since returning to Mississippi State in 2003, Dr. Sherman-Morris’s research has continued to focus on communication of weather information and the response of individuals during extreme weather. More recently, she has also studied perceptions of science activities, careers, and majors among teachers and students, with the goal of enhancing diversity in Geoscience fields. Her teaching primarily consists of graduate courses in hazards, weather and society and research/field methods.  She has been a member of the Arts & Sciences Senate, the University Committee on Courses and Curricula and is currently a senator on the Robert Holland Faculty Senate.  Outside of the university, Dr. Sherman-Morris serves as secretary for the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, is state coordinator of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network and is the co-chair of the Societal Applications Symposium for the American Meteorological Society. 


  • Ph.D.,  Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (April, 2006). PhD in Geography. Doctoral Dissertation: A Place for PSI: Finding a role for Parasocial Interaction in Hazards Research
  • M.S.,  Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS (May, 1999). Master of Science in Geosciences. Concentration in Broadcast Meteorology. Masters Thesis: Perceptions of El Niño: The Effect of Media on Public Perception.
  • B.S.E, Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA (May, 1997). Bachelor of Science in Education, Social Studies. Concentration and minor in Geography


  • Director: Geoscience Distance Learning Programs
  • Associate Professor, Mississippi State University, Fall 2013-
  • Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University, Spring 2007-Summer 2013
  • Instructor, Mississippi State University, Spring 2003-Fall 2006

Research Interests

  • Communication of weather information, Hazard risk perception and response, Hazards and companion animals, Diversity in science education

Teaching Areas

  • GR 8813 Advanced Hazards and Disasters
  • GR 8833 Weather and Society
  • GR 4640 Met Internship
  • Other courses as needed

Honors/Professional Activities

  • Secretary, Southeastern Division Association of American Geographers
  • Planning Committee Co-Chair for Societal Applications Symposium of the American Meteorological Society
  • Faculty Sponsor, Gamma Theta Upsilon
  • Weather and Society Integrated Studies (WAS*IS) fellow
  • State Coordinator, Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS)
  • Member of Association of American Geographers, American Meteorological Society, National Weather Association

Graduate Students

  • Christa Haney
  • Holly Lussenden
  • Nick Marusiak
  • Sarah Radencic
  • Patrick Threatt
  • Amanda Lea
  • Keith Leech
  • Idamis DelValle Martinez
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Bryce Touchstone 

Recent Publications

  • Sherman-Morris, K., Antonelli, K., Williams, C. (2015). Measuring the effectiveness of the graphical communication of hurricane storm surge threat. Weather, Climate and Society 7(1): 69-82.
  • Sherman-Morris, K. (2013) The public response to hazardous weather events: 25 years of research. Geography Compass (invited) 7(10): 669-685.
  • Sherman-Morris, K. and M. E. Brown (2012) Experiences of Smithville, Mississippi Residents with the 27 April 2011 Tornado, National Weather Digest. 36: 93-101.
  • Sherman-Morris, K., Schumacher, A., Drobot, S., McNeal, K. S. (2010) Hurricane Preparedness and Response among Pet Care Providers along the Gulf Coast: An Investigation of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike." International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters. 28(3): 345-367
  • Sherman-Morris, K. (2005) Tornadoes, Television and Trust—A Closer Look at the Influence of the Local Weathercaster during Severe Weather. Environmental Hazards. 6(4): 201-210  

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