Dean Murphy had been a faculty member at the college for 24 years before being named interim dean in November 2015. He also served as associate dean for academic affairs and assessment at the College of Pharmacy, head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and professor of family and community medicine at the UA College of Medicine in Tucson.
Long active in pharmacy organizations, Dean Murphy was president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (2008-2009), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (1997-1998) and the Georgia Society of Hospital Pharmacists. Dean Murphy has published more than 200 papers, approximately 100 abstracts, five editions of Clinical Pharmacokinetics, the Resident Survival Guide, Basic and Applied Pharmacokinetics Self Assessment and is co-editor of Pharmacotherapy Self Assessment 8. He is a frequent speaker at international, national and statewide continuing education meetings. Among various professional and teaching awards received by Dean Murphy over the years are the Award for Sustained Contributions to the Literature of Pharmacy Practice from the ASHP Research and Education Foundation in 2003, the Education Award from ACCP in 2012, the Harvey A. K. Whitney Award from ASHP in 2014 and the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Educator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in 2015.
Dean Murphy is also an honorary professor at the University of Otago School of Pharmacy in Dunedin, New Zealand. He received BS in pharmacy and PharmD degrees from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he was a recipient of the Distinguished Pharmacy Alumnus Award in 1998.