Sister Eileen Bridget Murphy

Title: Mathematics Professor
Company: Elms College
Location: Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States

Sister Eileen Bridget Murphy, Mathematics Professor at Elms College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematics education.

Sister Murphy entered religious life immediately after high school, spending more than two years in study and preparation. She has dedicated her professional career to helping others learn and overcome their fear of mathematics, and began teaching in 1961 at Cathedral High School. Sister Murphy completed a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics education at Elms College in 1969, and earned a Master of Arts in the same subject in 1971 after receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation. Between 1971 and 1984, she taught at Holyoke Catholic High School, and served as the mathematics department chair from 1975 onward, in addition to her work in the classroom, through which she has modernized the curriculum to include computers and technology. Sister Murphy’s work at Holyoke Catholic High School encouraged her to continue her own education, and in 1981 she was awarded with a Master of Science in Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

In 1984, Sister Murphy began working at the postsecondary level as an assistant professor at Elms College, and served as the chair of the department of mathematics and science between 1985 and 1990. She continued her postgraduate coursework at Nova Southeastern University through the 1990s, and remained active as a professor at Elms College until her retirement in 2006. In her retirement, Sister Murphy volunteers at the Hampden County Correctional Center teaching mathematics and computer skills, and retains a special enthusiasm for her favorite subject; statistics. Throughout her career, she has held leadership roles in a variety of organizations, serving as the former secretary of the Western Massachusetts Chapter of ACM Inc. and a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Steering Committee on Accreditation. Between 1999 and 2005, Sister Murphy was a board director for the Mont Marie Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, and continues to work as a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph financial team.

In her free time, Sister Murphy provides peer support for multiple sclerosis support groups, and enjoys knitting and puzzles.

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