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Debra L. Murphy Ph.D.

Ph.D. Boston University
Phone: (904) 620-4037
Office: Building 45, Room 2024


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.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.


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 since 2009.


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.