Bachelor in English, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1985. Master of Arts in English, Colorado State University, 1988. Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Composition, Texas Christian University, 1992.
Assistant Professor of English, Loyola University, Chicago, 1992-1994; assistant Professor of English, Virginia Technology, Blacksburg, since 1994; director writing program, Virginia Technology, Blacksburg, since 1994. Textbook reviewer Allyn & Bacon, Harbrace, St. Martin's Press, Prentice-Hall, Houghton-Mifflin, since 1995.
Member parish council St. Jude's Roman Catholic Church, Christiansburg, Virginia, 1996. Member Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English, Conference on College Composition and Communication.
Son of Vincent dePaul and Mary Catherine (Wood) H. Aileen Murphy, May 27, 1989. 1 child, Elijah Aaron.