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Jerome T. Murphy, born 1938

Dean, 1992-2001

Jerome T. Murphy became dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education on September 1, 1992. He was already acquainted with HGSE for he had been a faculty member since 1974 and associate dean from 1982 to 1990. In fact, he graduated from the Ed School with a doctorate in Administration, Planning and Social Policy. His great familiarity with HGSE’s policies and faculty gave the new dean “insider” status, thereby facilitating a smooth transition to his administration.

Early in Murphy’s tenure, he initiated a major review of the general master’s degree program and several of the specific academic programs. This review resulted in the creation of six new programs: Arts in Education, Technology in Education, Higher Education, International Education, Mind, Brain, and Education, and School Leadership.

Murphy’s deanship also included the unparalleled success of a capital campaign in which 111,000,000 was raised — the largest amount of money ever raised by a school of education up to that point. This enabled a tripling of the number of endowed professorships and earmarked $11,000,000 for student financial aid. Additionally, student research found increased support and the annual Student Research Conference was established in 1996. Diversity within the school was a major concern of Murphy’s. After commissioning a report to examine the level of diversity in HGSE’s classrooms, the Standing Committee on Diversity was formed. This led to a variety of activities including faculty seminars on teaching practices, student retreats, and HGSE-wide workshops on diversity-related matters. The Diversity Innovation Fund was also established to support student-led initiatives. The school’s connection with the outside community was strengthened by a number of initiatives. Significantly, the Office of School Partnerships was created in 1996 to support HGSE’s work with Massachusetts public schools. The Askwith Forum — a free public lecture series endowed during Murphy’s tenure — continues to bring speakers to the school to discuss a wide variety of education topics.

Murphy stepped down as dean in June 2001 but remains a member of the faculty. He currently serves as the Harold Howe II Professor of Education which, upon Murphy’s retirement, will be renamed the Jerome T. Murphy Professorship of Education. His teaching and research focus on administrative practice and organizational leadership, government policy, program implementation and evaluation, and qualitative methodology.

About the Artist: Susan Miller-Havens, American, born 1944

Susan Miller-Havens sought to understand the personality of Dean Jerome T. Murphy through meetings, and by reading his papers and watching him teach. She endeavored to visually capture her impressions of Dean Murphy as “a man of action who is dignified, who possesses sweetness as well as great determination and stamina, who connects with each individual while thinking about how to include that person in a group effort.” Because the dean “wanted to be portrayed in a way that engaged the viewer rather than as a static official of the university,” Miller-Havens moved away from the usual characteristics of official portraiture. The grey background and the crowding of the image on the rectangle allow Murphy to stand in his own human space. The problem of the hands possibly distracting from the face is dealt with by the use of color in the tie, shirt, and suit. The complicated design of the tie competes with the hands to contain some of their motion. By pushing the image to the edges of the picture plane the subject connects with the viewer by making direct eye contact.

Miller-Havens has had careers in both psychotherapy and fine arts. Founder of the Psychiatric Nursing and Consultations Services in the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, Miller-Havens holds an undergraduate degree with honors in studio art from Wellesley College and a doctorate in human development from the Ed School. Not primarily a portrait artist, her paintings focus on the subtleties within human interactions with others and the human experience in general.

Her clinical background in medicine and psychology has given her art a unique perspective in facial features and body language. The artist has stated that her intention is to enable “the viewer to see what I have seen, to think about the person and their life rather than let pure representational poses close down possibilities.” She is an artist who’s known for unexpected use of color, absence of background objects, and inventive cropping. Miller-Havens’ commissions include the official portrait of Cambridge mayor Alice Wolf and NBA coach Pat Riley. Her portrait of baseball’s Carlton Fisk is part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery Washington, D.C.

The artist is a member of the Harvard Arts in Education Council and the National Association of Women Artists from whom she received the 2007 Palmer Award for Oil Painting.