Director of Assessment
College of Health Sciences
Rena Murphy, Ph.D., is a native of Richmond. She received her undergraduate degree in physics from Eastern Kentucky University and her Master of Arts in College Student Personnel and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
In her new role, Murphy will develop, coordinate and direct assessment efforts within the college to facilitate ongoing program improvement and to ensure that reporting requirements and standards of various accreditation agencies are met. She will also assist the nine disciplines of the college in determining strategies for data collection and output, and will serve as a consultant for best practices in assessment and reporting.
Murphy said her interest in assessment began while working on a National Science Foundation grant at Bowling Green State University while pursing her Ph.D.
“I consider myself to be a very pragmatic person,” she said. “I like the fact that identifying a problem and coming up with a solution can make a difference for the college in terms of assessment. In the end, I hope to provide better data for decision-making, which will, in turn, provide an enhanced learning atmosphere for students in the College of Health Sciences.”
Murphy was previously employed by Bluegrass Community and Technical College as the Director of Institutional Research.
Outside of the office, Murphy enjoys being outdoors. She is also very active as the alumni financial advisor for the Pi Beta Phi Sorority at Eastern Kentucky University.