Sharon Murphy

Professor Emirita

PhD. (Educational psychology) - University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; M.Ed. (Early childhood education) - University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB; B.A. (History) - Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's. NL; B.A.(Ed.) (Psychology) - Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's. NL

Location(s) / Contact Info:

Winters College - WC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100


Website: Changing Literacy; ORCID


Sharon Murphy began her teaching career in Newfoundland and Labrador where she taught special education for several years. After completing her Masters degree in early childhood education at the University of Alberta, she took a position with the Newfoundland Department of Education's Learning Centre. Her responsibilities there required her to travel throughout the province undertaking educational assessments requested by school districts, parents, or other stakeholders. She pursued doctoral studies at the Unversity of Arizona with a major in educational psychology (child development) and a minor in literacy education.  Sharon returned to the Department of Education in Newfoundland and was the principal author of a provincial guide for children with difficulties in reading and writing.  In 1988, she accepted an appointment in the Faculty of Education at York University. At York University, she has served as Director of the Graduate Program in Education as well as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. She has also served as Undergraduate Program Director, Associate Dean Academic and Interim Dean in the Faculty of Education. For several years, she co-edited Language Arts, a journal of the National Council of Techers of English. She was awarded a University Professorship by the Senate of York University in 2022.

Scholarly Interests

Current interests are assessment, literacy educaton and early childhood education

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education - Bachelor of Education

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