Vivien Harris-Murphy

Vivien Harris-Murphy

Title: Instructor
Department: University College/Ctr for Academic Success
Discipline: Reading
Office: Whiting Hall Rm. 264
Phone: 912.358.3493
Fax: 912.358.3994


I was born in Clarksville, Tennessee and witnessed the city go through much trauma during the Civil Rights Era. After graduation from high school, I attended Austin Peay State University to study music. After one year, I left to enter the workforce. I returned to college many years later to complete a bachelor's degree at SSU in Political Science with a minor in English. After graduation, I worked in the writing center at SSU with students with English deficiencies. Two years later, I attended Cambridge College, Cambridge, Ma to complete a master's degree in English Education with an emphasis on ESL. I have a passion for adult education and desire to work to eradicate illiteracy in the United States and elsewhere. I am pursuing a second master's degree in Adult Education at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Research Interests

My areas of interest for research surround the topic of minority achievement. The majority of my time is has been invested by working with speakers of dialects and English language learners, so I continue to pursue new knowledge about instructional delivery, techniques to engage students to persist, and how to foster self-efficacy in others.


MEd, Adult Education Community Leadership - Armstrong Atlantic State University
MEd, N. I.T. E. Teaching English Learners - Cambridge College

Awards & Honors

Name: Member/Officer of SSU branch
Organization: Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society
Date: 5/1/2002
I was elected a member and librarian for SSU's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta for excellence in English based upon GPA and participation in activities sponsored by the English department.


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