Betsy Murphy

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Art Education


Betsy Murphy received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art Education from The University of Texas at Austin in 1980. In 2008 she earned her Master of Art Education degree from Texas Tech University. She holds a Texas lifetime teaching credential and has over thirty years teaching experience (K–12 Art) in Texas public schools. Murphy is a Lecturer in Art Education and Field Supervisor for the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include curriculum development, student engagement, and giving voice to teacher stories. Areas of focus in her personal artistic practice involve injustice in women’s work environments and arts-based research inspired by her work as a Texas Master Naturalist.

Murphy contributed a chapter to Practice Theory: Seeing the Power of Art Teacher Researchers, NAEA (2013) and was also a contributor to The Roads to Junction: Making Art, Teaching Art, Kendall Hunt (2016). She has authored articles for Arts & Activities, School Arts, Duke University’s Voices Magazine, and TRENDS, The Journal of the Texas Art Education Association. Betsy Murphy is a regular presenter for the Texas Art Education Association and has served on panels for the National Art Education Association. She was a panelist for the NAEA, Professional Learning Through Research group (PLR) Webinar; Research in the Art Room: Stories from Teachers (2015).

She was appointed to the Proclamation 2015 Art Textbook Review Panel for the Texas Education Agency and was named a Commended Teacher of the Humanities by Humanities Texas (2014). In 2007 Murphy received the Practicing Artist Award from the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Commission on the Arts. She was elected secretary of the Texas Art Education Association (2017-2019) and TAEA High School Division Chair (2012-2015), in addition to serving on the Editorial Review Board for TRENDS (2010, 2013-2014).

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