Maureen Murphy is Professor of Curriculum and Teaching, Director of the Secondary English programs and Co-Director of the undergraduate Irish Studies minor in HCLAS. She has served as Interim Dean of the School of Education and Health and Human Services (2005-2008), the University's Dean of Students for more than a decade and acting Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching.
Murphy was the Director of the Great Irish Famine Curriculum Project for the New York State Department of Education. The Great Irish Famine Curriculum (2001) won the Project Excellence Award from the National Council of the Social Studies in 2002. She has served as Vice-President of the New York State English Council.
A past president of the American Conference for Irish Studies and a past chair of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Murphy has lectured and published widely in Irish literature, folklore, history and American Irish literature and culture. She is one of the five senior editors of the forthcoming nine volumes Dictionary of Irish Biography which will be published jointly by the Royal Irish Academy and Cambridge University Press in fall, 2009.
Murphy has written more than 100 articles and book chapters and delivered more than 300 lectures in eighteen countries. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Dublin in 1965-66, a State Department lecturer to Egypt in 1993 and a Fellow in the Humanities Institute, University College, Dublin. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the State University of New York in 2002.