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Outstanding International Leadership Award 2010-2011
Debra L. Murphy

Debra L. Murphy
Art and Design

Debra Murphy first traveled to Italy on the six month FSU Florence program while she was an English major at UF. It was a defining moment in her young adulthood and inspired her to pursue a career in art history. She was invited to return to teach for the Florence program as a graduate student and again in 1997 as an UNF faculty member. She has also taught for the Trinity College (Hartford, CT) summer Rome program on the Aventine hill.

Murphy has coordinated and led over 30 study abroad tours. Known affectionately as “Art History Boot Camp” these were intensive forays into museums, churches and archeological sites to study and analyze major monuments and works of art. In 2009 Murphy was invited by the University of New Orleans to be the academic director for a combined UNO/UNF month long program in Rome. This led to the UNF Rome program with 20 students participating in 2010 and 27 in 2011. Plans are underway for Rome 2012.

Ireland also figured in Murphy’s international activities. She was a long time member of the Irish Studies committee chaired by professor emeritus Dick Bizot. She was the recipient of the Reilly Fellowship and created the Studies in Irish Art and Architecture course.

Murphy has raised thousands of dollars in scholarship monies for students to study abroad. It is her goal that UNF students realize they are citizens of the world as they experience the exhilarating joys, positive challenges and life altering rewards that accompany studying internationally.