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Outstanding Faculty Service Award 2010-2011
Debra L. Murphy

Debra L. Murphy
Art and Design

Debra Murphy is an associate professor in art history. She has been the inaugural chair of the Department of Art and Design since it was founded in 2004. She earned the doctorate in Art History from Boston University. She teaches the art and architecture of ancient Rome, the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque period. Her areas of research are focused on Italian art of the sixteenth century and the artistic production of the northeast Florida region.

At UNF her service has included chairing and participating on numerous committees at the department, college and university levels.

During the acquisition of MOCA as a cultural resource of UNF, Murphy was one of the principal liaisons between the university and the museum for academics, exhibitions and curatorial activities. She has been on the board of MOCA since 2000 where she has chaired the Collections and Exhibitions Committee and the Education committee. She is also a member of MOCA’s executive committee. She has also served on advisory committees for the Cummer Museum.

Murphy has served as a grant panelist for the Division of Cultural Affairs and represents UNF on the Florida Higher Education Arts Network. She has represented the state of Florida on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern College Art Conference. She also served as First Vice President for SECAC from 2005-2008 and is completing her third and final year as its president. Under her tenure, SECAC membership has expanded from 650 to over 1,000 from 44 states and five countries.