Monday, July 27, 2009

Phoenix College Welcomes New Dean of Information Technology

After a national search that attracted over 100 applicants, Tim Murphy, Ed. D., was selected as the new Dean of Information Technology (IT) at Phoenix College. Murphy begins his new position at PC with extensive knowledge and over 15 years experience in the field.

“We are delighted to have such a talented leader join the Phoenix College family,” said Phoenix College President Dr. Anna Solley. “Dean Murphy's vision and expertise will enhance the application of technology to support teaching and learning. Given the innovative PC faculty and staff and Dr. Murphy's vision, we are developing exciting and flexible programs and services for our college community."

Murphy held several key positions, most recently Director of IT Learning Centers and Technologies at Montgomery College located in Rockville, Md. The college consists of three separate campuses, a workforce development center, and several satellite locations throughout the county.

At Montgomery College he was responsible for all IT instructional support for approximately 59,000 students and 700 faculty members. Learning Centers provided support for 231 classroom smart instructor workstations, three separate libraries, and a public access television station with full digital media and graphics support for the college. He was also instrumental in launching an Internet-based videoconferencing network that consisted of 14 administrative locations and three classroom units.

Previously, he worked with the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas where he provided web support for all university users. In addition, he supported 300 faculty members who integrated technology in their curricula such as the Blackboard learning management system (LMS) and digital audio/video production.

“I'm excited about joining a group of professionals that are committed to providing good customer. It is my intention to focus the collective energy of IT on good customer service that focuses on the primary mission of good teaching and learning elements at Phoenix College,” said Murphy. “I look forward to keep PC in the forefront of community involvement.

Murphy began his career starting his own consulting company, Covert Teaching Operations, evaluated educational software, and lived in Tokyo, Japan for one year. He also taught for 11 years at three universities in their respective schools of education, business, and technology.

Murphy received his M.Ed. (1993) and Ed. D. (1999) in Instructional Technology from the University of Houston.

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