Faculty & Staff

James K. Polk Faculty Fellow 2018-19 :: Dr. Ralph Murphy

Please welcome ICC’s James K. Polk Faculty Fellow for the 2018-19 academic year, Dr. Ralph F. Murphy II. He will be assigned to the Business, Legal and Information Systems Dept. and will teach business courses. He also will conduct special projects for ICC. Dr. Murphy’s first day is Mon., August 20. He is located in Room 333E on the East Peoria Campus.

Dr. Murphy has led student success initiatives increasing retention and recruitment for multiple higher education institutions. Most recently, he served as the Inaugural Dean of Student Development and Success at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore. Prior to that, he was the Supervisor of Academic and Student Services and First- Year Experience adjunct faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Murphy began his career serving as a college advisor and program coordinator for Gear Up and TRIO Educational Talent Search programs in the Toledo and Cleveland Public School Districts. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Toledo, a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Lourdes University, and a doctoral degree in community college leadership from National American University. He also is a member of the AACC John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute class of 2016.

Some of Dr. Murphy’s notable career highlights include securing over $180,000 in grants and donations for student success projects, multiple article publications, and lead facilitator for national conference workshops. He also is a Boys and Girls Club of America Volunteer of the Year Award recipient for Toledo, Ohio, author of “ I Hated School Until I Figured It Out,” and CEO of Maven Scholar Consulting, LLC, serving as a keynote motivational speaker for education programs across the United States.

The Faculty Fellowship Program is named for the late ICC Board of Trustee member, James K. Polk. The goal of the program is to further diversify ICC’s faculty workforce and to promote community college career opportunities as desirable options of minority teaching groups. The Faculty Fellows Program is designed to recruit, retain, and promote outstanding scholars from different backgrounds, including individuals from groups that have historically been underrepresented in higher ed.

Please welcome Dr. Murphy and help him feel at home at ICC.

Submitted by Vice President of Diversity and Community Impact Dr. Rita Ali.