Dr. Amy Murphy
Dean of Students / Managing Director, Center for Campus Life
Dr. Amy Murphy serves as the Dean of Students and Managing Director of the Center for Campus Life at Texas Tech University. In her role, she leads efforts to
- support students and families during times of crisis,
- work to resolve student concerns and complaints,
- and encourage student responsibility, leadership and involvement in issues related to campus life.
Dr. Murphy is also the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, a role that oversees prevention and response of gender-based violence and discrimination at Texas Tech. She is an active member of the Association of Title IX Administrators, member of the American Association of University Women, trained as a Title IX Coordinator and Investigator, and partners across campus to improve the climate for students related to sexual violence. Dr. Murphy also chairs Texas Tech’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). BIT is a central place for the community to report student behaviors of concern for early intervention, risk assessment, and resource referrals. \BIT promotes student success while paying special attention to the safety and security needs of members of the University community. As an active member of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA), Dr. Murphy is trained in the management of students at risk, case management, and threat assessment. She presents regularly to faculty, staff, and students on recognizing and responding to students in distress. The Dean of Students provides oversight to the Student Resolution Center (SRC), a department that provides a safe reporting location for student-related concerns. The SRC provides conflict coaching for students and organizations and assists with the management and investigation of student concerns ranging from discriminatory harassment grievances to reports of sexual violence. Dr. Murphy also works closely with the Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs in the oversight of ten Student Affairs Departments, including the Office of Student Conduct, Student Disability Services, Student Counseling Services, Career Services, and Parent & Family Relations.
In the role of Managing Director of the Center for Campus Life, Dr. Murphy has spent more than 15 years involved in cocurricular and extracurricular student involvement and leadership activities. The Campus Life staff provide oversight and advisement to more than 450 registered student organization, including 40+ inter/national fraternities and sororities. Efforts for student organizations include education, training and recognition for student leaders and advisors as well as comprehensive risk management programming. Dr. Murphy also works closely with the Texas Tech Spirit Program which includes Cheerleaders, Pom Squad, Raider Red, and Masked Rider.
Dr. Murphy’s previous experiences include involvement in the First Year Raider Experience, Red Raider Orientation, Transfer Connection, Off Campus Student Services, Sophomore Initiatives, and Study Abroad Student Services. With early experience in Residence Life at Texas Tech University and Undergraduate Admissions at Texas Christian University (TCU), she has a special interest in the recruitment of prospective students, the transition to the university, and student affairs/academic affairs partnerships. Her dissertation focuses on the prediction of academic performance, progress, and persistence of students based on their entering student characteristics. Dr. Murphy has led and served on a variety of university initiatives such as the Strategic Enrollment Planning Task Force, SACS Reaccreditation Student Services Sub-Committee, Chancellor’s Campus and Community Safety Working Group, Student Life Council, Distributed Learning Council, International Affairs Council, Alcohol Coalition, and Pride & Pageantry.
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 is married to Mr. Chad Murphy. They live in Lubbock with two dogs. They enjoy supporting Texas Tech Athletics, playing golf, and spending time with their nieces and nephew. They also attend South Plains Church of Christ. Dr. Murphy volunteers with the Delta Gamma Alumnae Association of Lubbock and Junior League of Lubbock. She is a member of the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).