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Cheryl Ann Murphy

Cheryl Ann Murphy

Interim Department Head

Professor of Educational Technology

College of Education and Health Professions

(CIED)-Curriculum & Instruction

Phone: 479-575-5111

Fax: (479) 575-2492

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Dr. Murphy is originally from West Virginia and received her Doctoral degree from West Virginia University in the field of Educational Psychology.  Her areas of expertise include online learning in higher education, and the use of technology to enhance learning in a variety of environments.

Dr. Murphy is a full professor and has been a faculty member at the University of Arkansas in Educational Technology since 1996.  She has assumed a variety of administrative positions over the years and is currently serving as the Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction. She acted as Program Coordinator for the ETEC program from 2000 - 2017, and from 2011 - 2015 she served as the Director of Distance Learning for the college.  From 2006 to 2009 she also served as co-director of the campus-wide Teaching and Faculty Support Center, providing professional development opportunities to faculty of all levels as well as graduate teaching assistants. Externally Dr. Murphy has served as a Peer Consultant Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission since 2007, becoming a Team Chair in 2016.

Aside from professional interests Cheryl is an avid outdoor person. She likes to water ski, mountain bike, run, hike, canoe, camp, and do just about anything else you can do outdoors. She can also be a bit competitive when it comes to these endeavors. For example, she’s raced mountain bikes, participated in 5k, 10k, half marathon, and even marathon races. Her motto is "Work hard, play hard!"

Distance learning, instructional design, faculty development, accreditation and assessment, policies and best practices in online learning, and curricular integration of technology.

  • Instructional Design
  • Distance Learning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Issues and Trends in Instructional Technology
  • Advanced Instructional Design
  • Ed.D., West Virginia University, Educational Psychology, 1996
  • M.Ed., West Virginia University, Educational Psychology, 1993
  • B.A.,   West Virginia University, Psychology, 1991
  • Murphy, C. A., & Keiffer, E. A. (submitted). An exploration of D/F and W rates in lower-level online math courses.  Distance Education.
  • Murphy, C. A. (in press). A framework for aligning your campus data with accreditation requirements. To appear in Pina, A. A., Walker, V., & Harris, B. R. (Eds.), What the e-Learning Leader Needs to Know: Leading and Managing e-Learning. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  • Murphy, C., & Stewart, J. (2017).  On-campus students taking online courses: Factors associated with unsuccessful course completion.  The Internet and Higher Education, 34, 1-9.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2017.03.001
  • Murphy, C. A., Allred, J. B., & Brescia, W. F. (2017).  The role of educational technology professionals as perceived by building administrators.  Education and Information Technologies, doi:10.1007/s10639-017-9593-2.
  • Murphy, C. A., & Jensen, T. (2016).  Faculty teaching development: Using the Multidimensional Matrix of Teaching Development to guide teaching improvement activities.  The Journal of Effective Teaching 16(2), 61-75.
  • Murphy, C. A., & Stover, E. (2016).  A peer observation of teaching process for faculty who teach online.  Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research, 2(1), 3 - 11Retrieved from https://journals.uncc.edu/jaepr/article/view/465/531.
  • Murphy, C. A., Keiffer, E. A., Neal, J. A., & Howton, J. (2016).  Customizable tool for online training evaluation. In Spector, M. J., Lockee, B. B., & Childress, M. D. (Eds.), Learning, Design, and Technology: An International Compendium of Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy (pp. 1 - 27). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.  doi:10.1007/978-3-319-17727-4_22-1
  • Howton, J., Keiffer, E., Murphy, C., Sirsat, S., O’Bryan, C., Ricke, S., Crandall, P., & Neal, J. A. (2016). A comparison of online food safety training programs using the Customizable Tool for Online Training Evaluation.  Food Control, 59, 82-87.  doi:10.1016/j.foodcont.2015.04.034 
  • Murphy, C. A., & Stewart, J. (2015). The impact of online or f2f lecture choice on student achievement and engagement in a large lecture-based science course:  Closing the gap.  Online Learning, 19(3). Retrieved from http://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/olj/article/viewFile/670/158
  • Jones, L. C., Murphy, C. A., & Holland, A. (2015).  The more things change, the more they stay the same, or do they? Revisiting classroom interaction approaches and their effects on quantity and characteristics of language production.  CALICO, 32(2), 245-272.  doi:10.1558/cj.v32i2.24544
  • Murphy, C., & Orlando, J. (2015).  The impact of instructor posts on student participation.  Online Cl@ssroom, 15(8), 7-8. Retrieved from http://www.magnapubs.com/newsletter/online-classroom/138/
  • Beck, D. & Murphy, C. (2014). The creation of a theoretical framework for avatar creation and revision.  International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 5(3), 1-17.  doi:10.4018/IJPLE.2014070101
  • Murphy, C. A., & Fortner, R. A. (2014).  Impact of instructor intervention on the quality and frequency of student discussion posts in a blended classroom.  MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 10(3), 337-350. Retrieved from http://jolt.merlot.org/vol10no3/abstracts.htm
  • Murphy, C., & Miller, V.  (2014). Faculty training for online teaching.  Academic Exchange Quarterly, 18(3), 70-76.
  • Murphy, C. (2014).  Distance learning in COEHP.  Technical report for the College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas.
  • Murphy, C. (2014).  COEHP best practices for planning and participating in online academic endeavors.  Technical report for the College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas.
  • Murphy, C., Keiffer, E., Neal, J., & Crandall, P. (2013). A customizable evaluation instrument to facilitate comparisons of existing online training programs.  Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal, 5(3), 251-268.
  • Advisory Committee on Web Learning. (2013). Progress report on web learning.  Technical report for the College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas.
  • COEHP Technology Strategic Planning Committee. (2013). COEHP technology strategic planning initiatives: 2013 - 2015.  Technical report for the College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas.
  • Beck, D., & Murphy, C.  (2013). Avatar creation and revision: The enforcement of gender and ethnicity stereotypes. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association Annual Conference.  Retrieved January 23, 2014 form the AERA Online Paper Repository.
  • Beck, D. & Murphy, C.  (2013). Applied Research in Virtual Environments for Learning SIG workshop.  Paper presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association conference. Retrieved January 23, 2014 form the AERA Online Paper Repository.
  • COEHP Technology Strategic Planning Committee. (2012). COEHP Technology Planning Committee: Yearly report. Technical report submitted to the College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas.
  • Advisory Committee on Web Learning. (2012). Recommendations for web learning.  Technical report for the College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas.
  • Crandall, P. G., Neal, J. A., O'Bryan, Murphy, C. A., Marks, B. P., & Ricke, S. C. (2011). Minimizing the risk of Listeria monocytogenes in retail delis by developing employee focused, cost effective training.  Agricultural Food and Analytical Bacteriology, 1(2), 159 -174.
  • Neal, J. A., Murphy, C. A., Crandall, P. G., O’Bryan, C. A., Keiffer, E., & Ricke, S. C.  (2011). Development of an evaluation tool for online food safety training programs.  Journal of Food Science Education, 10(1), 9-12.
  • Murphy, C.  (2011). Online learning at the University of Arkansas: A status report.  Technical report for the Provost, University of Arkansas.
  • Murphy, C., Longer, D., & Allison, N (2007).  Using video conferencing to "bring" experts to campus.  All Things Academic, 8(2), 2-3.
  • Murphy, C., Riffle, B., Martindale, R., Stover, E., Terrell, E., Bateman, S., & Badgett, J.  (2007). Snapshots of success:  Technology integration in Arkansas schools.  Technical report for the Joint Education Committee of the Arkansas State Legislature, Little Rock, AR.
  • Wainscott, L., & Murphy, C. (2006). Designing online courses to encourage community with the seven principles of good practice. In Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, 2006(1), 2708-2712.
  • Brescia, W., & Murphy, C.  (2006). The role of educational technology professionals as perceived by building administrators. In Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, 2006(1), 3335-3336.
  • Murphy, C.  (2006). Proposal for the establishment of a Center for Instructional Technology.  Technical report for the Provost and Vice Chancellors, University of Arkansas.
  • Technology Strategic Planning Task Force. (2005). Final report:  Technology Strategic Planning Task Force.  Technical report for the College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas.
  • Murphy, C., & Martindale, R. (2004). Electronic tools for technology evaluation, assessment, and planning. In Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, 2004(1),1605-1606.
  • Murphy, C.  (2004). Teachers and teaching technology:  What’s the point?  Relative to Teaching, 4, 1-3.
  • Technology Mediated Learning Task Force (2002).  Final report:  Technology Mediated Learning Task Force.  Technical report for the Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas.
  • Dennison, R., Howard, B., Hill, L.A., & Murphy, C.  (2001). Measures of children's metacognitive knowledge and regulation.  Contemporary Educational Psychology, 26(4). 465-479.

Dr. Murphy has an extensive teaching, research, and service record. She has been recognized numerous times for teaching excellence, including winning the Blackboard (Bb) Exemplary Course Award, the U.S. Distance Learning Association's Gold Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching, the College of Education and Health Professions Outstanding Teaching Award, and several departmental teaching awards as well as the Faculty Career Award. Dr. Murphy has served as the Co-Director of the University of Arkansas Teaching and Faculty Support Center and is an active member in the Teaching Academy, a teaching honor society.  A list of her specific awards appears below:

  • 2016 - "Faculty Career Award" Awarded by the Curriculum and Instruction Department, College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas.
  • 2014 - “Most Downloaded Paper Award in an IFT Journal” Awarded by the Institute of Food Technologists, based on 1,655 downloads within a 2-year span.
  • 2013 - “University of Arkansas Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Service” Awarded by the University of Arkansas. 
  • 2013 - “COEHP Outstanding Service Award” Awarded by the College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas.
  • 2013 - “CIED Outstanding Advising Award” Awarded by the Curriculum and Instruction Department, College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas.
  • 2011 - “USDLA Best Practice Gold Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching.”  National distance learning award presented by the United States Distance Learning Association.
  • 2009 - “Blackboard Exemplary Course Award” International online design award given by Bb, Inc.
  • 2009 - “CIED Outstanding Service Award” Awarded by the Curriculum and Instruction Department, College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas.
  • 2008 - “COEHP Outstanding Service Award” Awarded by the College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas.
  • 2004 - “COEHP Outstanding Teacher” Awarded by the College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas.
  • 2004 - “ELCF Outstanding Teacher” Awarded by the Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Foundations Department, College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas.