Professor of mathematics John Murphy retires

John MurphyProfessor of Mathematics John Murphy, who has taught at Bethany since 1968, has decided to retire at the end of this academic year.

Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III thanked Professor Murphy during a campus reception on May 13. During the gathering, he said, “Dr. Murphy will be missed in the classroom and in the Bethany community. His unique humor and teaching abilities have been appreciated by all on campus for 40 years.”

Murphy’s presence in the lives of Bethany students has been constant for more than four decades. He has been awarded the Bethany College Mortvedt Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership and served as the mathematics and physics department chair. Murphy coached tennis for seven years and is a founding member of the Central Kansas Conservancy. He is also this year’s recipient of the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching.

Bethany is currently searching for a full-time professor this semester.

Murphy earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Kansas State University and his Master of Arts from Washington University, where he was a graduate assistant. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois. Previously, Murphy taught at Kansas State University and Lenoir-Rhyne College. He is professionally affiliated with the Kansas Branch of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Mathematical Associate of America and Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

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