Joseph Murphy
Chaired Professor and Associated Dean


  • Leadership and governance
  • School reform

Joseph Murphy is a chaired professor and associate dean at Peabody College of Education of Vanderbilt University. His work is in the area of school improvement, with special emphasis on leadership and policy. He has also been a faculty member at the University of Illinois and The Ohio State University. Murphy has served as an administrator at the school, district and state levels. His most recent appointment was as the founding president of the Ohio Principals Leadership Academy. He is a past vice president of the American Educational Research Association and an AERA fellow. He was the founding chair of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium. He co-chaired the work that produced the revisions to the ISLLC Standards in 2008 and 2015. Murphy is the co-editor of the AERA Handbook of Research on Education Administration, published in 1999; editor of the National Society for the Study of Education yearbook, The Educational Leadership Challenge, published in 20012; and co-editor of the UCEA Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders, published in 2009. He has also published 22 books on school improvement and leadership and edited another 12 books.