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Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy Mark Murphy Education Associate Professor and Director of the School of Education Email: mark.murphy@wlc.edu Phone: 414.443.8570

Mark Murphy


  • B.S. Elementary Education - emphasis in Broad Field Science 
    Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN
  • Wisconsin State Teacher Certification - WI DPI Licensure: #1088 Elementary and Middle School Education, #1605 Biology, #1621 Science
    Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI
  • M.A.E. Administration and Leadership 
    WI DPI Licensure: #5051 K-12 Principal, #5080 Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, #1811 Special Education Licensure 
    Marian University, Fond du Lac, WI
  • Ph.D. Special Education Leadership - Learning Disabilities Emphasis 
    Capella University, Minneapolis, MN 
  • Post-Doctoral Studies - School District Administration 
    WI DPI Licensure: #5003 Superintendent 
    Marian University, Fond du Lac, WI


I serve as an associate professor in the education department at Wisconsin Lutheran College. I teach special education and administrative courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs. I also serve as the administrator of the graduate program, with oversight of principal, director of instruction, and director of SPED licensure. I am a licensed educator in elementary, biology, general science, special education, K-12 Principal, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, and School Superintendent. I recently worked for a year as a superintendent intern in a local public district to complete my K-12 superintendent licensure certification. 

I have experienced the educational process from the classroom teacher and administrative perspectives in both public and parochial settings. Some of my most rewarding experiences have been working with students with learning disabilities, watching them overcome obstacles, and experiencing success. My wife (also an educator) and son love doing anything outdoors from downhill skiing in Colorado, hiking, camping, and just enjoying God’s great creation of the beautiful outdoors. It is a privilege to work with students preparing for the education teaching and administrative profession.


  • Special Education Courses
  • Educational Assessment Course
  • Administrative Licensure Courses

Research Interests

  • District and School Administration
  • RTI/MTSS Implementation and Fidelity
  • Special Education Strategies and Accommodations
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Differentiation of Instruction
  • School and Special Education Law
  • Co-teaching

Scholarly Works

  • Editorial Peer Manuscript Reviewer for Education Peer Reviewed Journal
  • Qualitative Analysis and Presentation of Data “The Opening of Schools Community Survey” for COVID mitigation - Whitefish Bay School District.
  • Policy Review, Revision, Development, and Publication of Hazing Policy and related rules and attachments for the Whitefish Bay School District.
  • Dissertation entitled, “RtI: Elementary teachers’ practices and procedures for implementation fidelity: A Qualitative study.” Capella University.
  • Authored a Response to Intervention Policy Handbook for a school district
  • Numerous local and national conference and in-service presentations on education topics including: special education, transitional planning, social emotional learning, differentiation, interventions, multi-tiered levels of support, educational administration, and leadership


  • Association of Wisconsin School Administrators - Principal Preparation and Support Committee Member
  • Association of Wisconsin School Administrators - Leading for Equity Work Team
  • WI Department of Education RTI Center - IHE Consultation Team Member
  • School District Special Education Procedural Compliance Committee Member
  • WLC Faculty Senate Chair
  • WLC Faculty Affairs Committee Member
  • WLC Faculty Workload Taskforce
  • WLC Online Learning Task Force
  • WELS Special Education Task Force
  • WELSSA Accreditation Team Captain
  • Special Educator Academy

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • National Association of Special Education Teachers