Debra L. Murphy Ph.D.
Professor, Art History & Department Chair
Ph.D. Boston University
Phone: (904) 620-4037
Office: Building 45, Room 2024
Debra Murphy is a Professor of Art History and has been the
inaugural chair of the Department of Art and Design since its formation in
2004. She joined the faculty of UNF in 1990.
She earned the BA in English from the University of Florida,
the MA in Art History from Florida State University and the PhD in Art History
from Boston University. She studied at the FSU Florence Italy campus as an
undergraduate and graduate student. She has also taught for the FSU Florence
Program and for the Trinity College (Hartford, CT) summer Rome Program. She
founded the UNF summer Italy Program in 2009.
Dr. Murphy teaches courses in Ancient Roman Art and Architecture,
Italian Renaissance Art, Baroque Art, Michelangelo, Art History on Site: Italy
and other special topics.
Her scholarly agenda includes sixteenth century Italian art
and contemporary art, patronage and collections in Florida.
She was been recognized twice by UNF for outstanding
undergraduate teaching and the Cultural Council of Great Jacksonville gave her
the Outstanding Art Educator award. She has also been recognized by UNF for
Outstanding Faculty Service and Outstanding International Leadership. She was
named the John Francis Reilly Fellow for Irish Studies to develop a course in
Irish Art and Architecture.
Dr. Murphy has served on the Board of Trustees of the Museum
of Contemporary Art Jacksonville since 2000 and on its Executive Committee
Murphy has served on the Board of Directors for the
Southeastern College Art Conference as well as its first Vice President and its
President. SECAC presented her with the Award for Exemplary Achievement in 2012
in recognition of personal and professional development as well as
long-standing service to the organization.
Murphy also currently serves as the Chair
of the UNF Council of Chairs.