Carol Murphy Receives Women of Achievement Award


NEW ROCHELLE, NY, June 27, 2014 – Carol Murphy, of Gainesville, FL, a graduate of The College of New Rochelle (CNR) class of 1969, was awarded the Women of Achievement Award at the College's 76th Annual Alumnae/i College Weekend in June. The award was instituted in 1999 to recognize alumnae/i for brilliant accomplishments in their chosen careers. Judith Huntington, president of the College, presented the award.

At CNR, under the expert tutelage of Dr. Josephine Vallerie, Murphy discovered her love of French. Her working-class parents had always encouraged her studies, and as a first-generation college student, she appreciated all the more the opportunities that CNR afforded her. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in French at the University of Pennsylvania and began her teaching career at Mount Holyoke College.

In 1979 Murphy accepted a position at the University of Florida (UF) where she advanced to full Professor of French and also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 2002 she was the founding Director of the France-Florida Research Institute, one of 18 centers of academic excellence recognized by the French government in the United States. Her work has resulted in a number of collaborations between UF and France. She has arranged visiting professorships, lectures, international colloquia, film festivals, museum exhibitions, and academic partnerships.

Murphy's research in twentieth and twenty-first century French and Francophone literature has resulted in book-length studies, edited collections, a translation, and numerous articles. She has directed several doctoral dissertations and master's theses and taught both undergraduate courses and graduate seminars. She has served on the editorial boards of The French Review and French Forum and as Vice President of the France-Florida Foundation for the Arts. Her numerous honors and grants include the UF International Educator Award, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in France. In addition to being named  as a Knight of the Legion of Honor, for her lifelong dedication to the advancement of the French language and culture, by then President Jacques Chirac, Murphy was also awarded the rank of Chevalier, then Officier, in L'ordre des palmes académiques by the Minister of Culture for the excellence of her academic contributions to French culture.

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