Dr. Amy Murphy is a higher education practitioner and student affairs generalist with expertise implementing new initiatives and policies while managing change processes and diverse stakeholders in an evolving higher education environment. Dr. Murphy has served as the Dean of Students at Texas Tech University as well as a graduate faculty member in higher education at Texas Tech University and is currently an Assistant Professor at Angelo State University.
Her experiences include oversight of prevention and response activities for gender-based violence and discrimination as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students as well as experience as an investigator for discriminatory harassment complaints involving students, faculty, and staff. She was central in the review and revision of University and System policies related to Title IX, the development and expansion of comprehensive prevention programs, and the coordination of campus stakeholders to benefit Title IX efforts at the University.
Dr. Murphy’s role also included serving as chairperson for the Behavioral Intervention Team, a central place for the University to report student behaviors of concern for early intervention, risk assessment, and resource referrals. She is trained in the management of students at risk, BIT best practices, case management, and threat assessment. She presents regularly to faculty, staff, and students on recognizing and responding to students in distress.
Dr. Murphy spent more than 15 years involved in co-curricular and extracurricular student involvement and leadership activities, providing oversight and advisement to a system of more than 450 registered student organizations, including 50+ inter/national fraternities and sororities. She has led efforts to review and refine systems related to fraternity and sorority life with innovations in skill development for student officers and advisors, comprehensive prevention and risk management training, and accountability and reporting systems for student organizations. Dr. Murphy also worked closely with collegiate spirit programs in a NCAA Division 1-A Athletic system.
With broad experiences in Student Affairs, including assisting in the oversight of ten departments such as the Office of Student Conduct, Student Disability Services, Student Counseling Center, and Career Services, and serving in an interim role during a major restructuring of a Student Affairs Division, Dr. Murphy is well suited to assist college and university administrators in the review of policies, programs and services. Dr. Murphy’s educational background includes a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University as well as a M.Ed. in Higher Education with a focus in Student Affairs, and a B.A. in Public Relations.
Dr. Murphy writes and presents on the requirements of the Violence Against Women Act and the strategic prevention of sexual violence, guidance for student affairs administrators on Title IX compliance, the management of at-risk student processes, and cultural change in fraternities and sororities including innovations in addressing organization misconduct.