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John Murphy

John Murphy

Joe C. Thompson Centennial Professor of Advertising & Distinguished University Teaching Professor

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin (Marketing)

M.B.A., Texas Tech University (Marketing)

B.B.A., Texas Tech University (Marketing)


P: 512-471-1101

Fax: 512-471-7018

Dr. Murphy's professional experience is on the media side of the industry, where he has worked in many capacities including advertising sales, marketing research, and strategic planning. His research interests include integrated brand promotion campaigns planning and media management with an emphasis on practical applications. He has published three advertising management textbooks and a fourth book titled "Integrated Brand Promotion Management." His research articles have appeared in the Journal of Business, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Education, Journal of Marketing Education, Journal of Consumer Affairs, and Journalism Quarterly, among others.

Dr. Murphy has served on the Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation, the Board of Directors of both the American Advertising Foundation and the Austin Advertising Federation. He has served as a member of UT's Faculty Council, the University of Texas Press Advisory Committee, the Texas Union, and Texas Student Media. He presently serves on the corporate Board of Directors of BusinesSuites (an Austin-based company operating in the office suites rental industry with properties in seven states).

Dr. Murphy is the Program Coordinator of the American Advertising Federation¹s Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Student Internship Program. Established in 1988 with Dr. Murphy's help, the program matches outstanding students from universities around the country with host companies for a 10-week internship. The program has placed 241 honors students over the past 25 years. In the summer of 2014, 15 students participated in the program.

Dr. Murphy has received 15 awards and recognitions for outstanding teaching. He was elected to UT’s Academy of Distinguished University Teachers in1998 and recognized with a $25,000 UT Systems Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA) for excellence in undergraduate teaching in 2014.


Professional Interests

My professional experience, consulting and academic research interests center on integrated brand promotion planning and media management issues. This includes the operation of both on- and off-line media and advertising agencies plus the adaptation of both to changing opportunities.

Personal Background

Dr. Murphy¹s professional experience includes work at the Houston Chronicle (in ad sales and strategic planning) and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (in the marketing research department). He has a BBA (1968) and MBA (1969) in marketing from Texas Tech plus a PhD in marketing and social psychology from UT, Austin (1974). In addition, his hobbies include:

  • Tennis
  • Ping pong (full contact)
  • Bicycling
  • Gardening
  • Hiking and camping in the wilds
  • Travel


cottage covered in a blanket of snow


cottage in sunlight

In 2007, Dr. Murphy and his wife Sue purchased a second home in Belfast, Maine. The cottage was built in 1929 as a fishing camp and they are in the process of restoring it to its original condition. The house is on the water on the Maine coast on Penobscot Bay. View more photographs and learn more about the first five years of their ongoing restoration.

My Country versus City Grandparents


Although I never thought about it when it was happening in the 1950s, in the rearview mirror I now realize how fortunate I was to have had two widely divergent pairs of grandparents.  My parents were both born in 1913, but into quite different households.

My mother was born on a farm in the country in northeastern Oklahoma and my dad was born in a house in the city of Galveston, Texas. I grew up and went through public schools in Houston, but each summer we made a pilgrimage to stay with my country grandparents. During the summers of my late elementary and middle school years I would stay on after the rest of my family returned to Texas and work for my country grandfather for 35¢ an hour on his farm.

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