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Matthew Murphy

Ramapo Success Story

“In the MAEL [Master of Arts in Educational Leadership] program, we work with aspiring leaders to prepare them to become the educational leaders our schools need. We provide them with authentic experiences and place them in authentic settings to understand the complex problems that need to be solved and we help them solve those problems. This type of experience is unlike any other program because of its emphasis on the 21st Century Skills vital for success in the field.

One of the most rewarding experiences of my life, both personally and professionally, is working with students interested in education. The work we engage in is challenging and exciting at the same. It also is a lot of fun to see the students grow and make a difference in the lives of children.”

Matthew Murphy is an Adjunct Professor of Education and first joined Ramapo in 1999.

Social Science and Human Services

Recent Publications

“We Must Learn to Teach the Entire Child”
“The Principal’s Role in Leading Implementation of the Common Core Standards”
“Unified to Advance Instructional Practice in a New Age of Accountability”
“The New CCCC: Connecting the Common in the Core to Create Coherence”

Awards and Accomplishments

New Jersey Association of School Administrator’s Northern Regional Superintendent of the Year – 2016
New Jersey Principal and Supervisors Association 2006
Principal of the Year: Rewarding Visionary Leadership recipient – May 2006


Fordham University – Ed. D./Administration and Supervision – May 2002
Fordham University – Professional Diploma/Administration and Supervision – May 1996
Long Island University – Master’s of Science/Technology in Education – May 1993
University of Rhode Island – Bachelor’s Degree/Elementary Education – May 1990

Classes Known For

MAEL 602 Best Practices in Curriculum Planning, Design and Development
MAEL 603 Evaluation and Supervision to Promote Student Academic Success