Our director

Kathryn Murphy-Judy
Kathryn Murphy-Judy, Ph.D.

In late 2004, Kathryn Murphy-Judy, Ph.D., a respected faculty leader, was asked by then-dean, soon to be provost, Steven Gottfredson, Ph.D., to work with Terry Dozier, Ph.D., of the School of Education on a $6 million grant that would eventually create a new undergraduate degree for early and elementary pre-service teachers. In October 2005, the grant was funded.

Murphy-Judy assembled a College of Humanities and Sciences faculty team that collaborated with the School of Education grant team and local teachers to design a well-rounded, highly experiential new major, liberal studies for early and elementary education (LSEE). This new program would dovetail with the Master of Teaching in early elementary education to provide a top notch Virginia dual degree (B.I.S. and M.T.) program leading to licensure. From that October through the next May, the team worked feverishly, getting the entire new program through all the university offices and oversight so that it could accept its first students in the fall of 2006. Murphy-Judy continued for another year as the LSEE director, thereafter returning to the School of World Studies to her regular position as French faculty and coordinator of languages. She assumed the role of LSEE director once again in 2014 and continues to today.

Murphy-Judy has served as president of the College of Humanities and Sciences Faculty Council, president of the VCU Faculty Senate, and president of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA). She sat as the faculty representative on the VCU Board of Visitors for two years. She is currently the secretary of the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium, the vice chair of the Distance Learning Special Interest Group of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, serves on two statewide committees for dual language immersion under the VDOE, co-chairs the statewide PK-20 Global Virginia, and will be treasurer of FLAVA in January 2020. She is a graduate of the Grace Harris Educational Leadership Institute and the Recruitment Inclusive Champions at VCU. She has engaged in faculty development in technology enhanced teaching and learning throughout her long career in academe.

Murphy-Judy is the recipient of the College of Humanities and Sciences Service Award (2006) and the Mentoring Award (2018). She is the FLAVA Distinguished Service Award winner of 2015, receiving a commendation from the governor for her work in world language education in Virginia. She has held a Fulbright Scholar award and worked with Apple Computers. She has authored, edited or translated four books and has written more than 50 articles, chapters and reviews in addition to creating an OER ebook, multimedia learning modules, blogs, wikis and podcasts. She has given well over 300 presentations, workshops and keynote speeches on four continents.

She is the mother of two extraordinary children and the very proud grandmother of Asiyah Sophia.