Murphy (JD ’02) named first assistant dean for instructional design, interim director of Master in Studies In Law degree

WINSTON-SALEM --  Wake Forest Law Professor Ellen Murphy (JD ’02) has been named the law school’s first assistant dean for instructional design and interim director of the Master in Studies in Law (MSL) degree program.
Professor Murphy has been teaching Professional Responsibility for Wake Forest Law since 2011.

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) said this summer, with a grant from the Wake Forest University Provost’s Office, Professor Murphy worked to translate the MSL course on Legal Methods for the online classroom as part of the law school’s efforts to make the degree more accessible.

“In my year as interim dean, I realized that we needed someone on staff to help us with new programs, especially ones incorporating distance learning, and that insight led me to investigate a position in instructional design,” Dean Reynolds explained. “Ellen was the perfect choice. I am proud to say we are among the first law schools to have an assistant dean for instructional design. I believe it shows our commitment to expanding our online education options.”

In her assistant dean role, Professor Murphy will assist faculty who want to incorporate eLearning elements into their classes. She is also working with MSL faculty to translate the core curriculum for online delivery to reach even more professionals who may benefit from specialized knowledge of the law and legal systems, particularly in applying and managing law in the workplace as a form of risk management.

“My experience teaching online since 2008 has taught me that for many professors, the incorporation of the right instructional technology not only can enhance learning outcomes and provide deeper learning opportunities, but that many find certain tools actually enhance the connection between teachers and students.”

Professor Murphy, who served as editor-in-chief of the Wake Forest Law Review, has extensive eLearning experience and has been a virtual student, teacher, administrator, trainer and education consultant, including in synchronous, asynchronous, blended and flipped classrooms. Her work includes curriculum creation and design, graduate law program development and teaching across platforms, as well as face-to-face using web-supported tools.  She developed the first course for graduate legal programs on contemporary ethical questions in the practice of law and the comparative issues in other professions.

A former corporate lawyer and non-profit director, Professor Murphy is currently at work as a co-author on ”Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach” (3d, forthcoming 2017), a West Academic Publishing Interactive Casebook.

The Wake Forest University School of Law offers the following degrees: the JD, the JD/MA in Bioethics, the JD/MDiv, the JD/MA in Religion, JD/MA in Sustainability, the Master of Studies in Law, the Master of Laws in American Law, the SJD and the JD/MBA in conjunction with the university's School of Business.
Wake Forest University School of Law consistently ranks among the nation’s top 50 law schools. More information is available at

- a press release

No comments: