Faculty Spotlight: Michael McMurray, MS, Ed.D

MichaelMcMurray.Ed200Michael teaches in the School of Education (SoE).  Outside of the college, he is currently a school principal at The Brentwood School, which is owned and operated by Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC). He earned his Ed. D. in Educational Leadership in 2012 from Walden University, his Master’s in Education from Rivier College in 2002, and B.S. in Psychology from Syracuse University.

Michael has been an educator since 1997. He has been a special education teacher, a school psychologist, an assistant principal, and a principal in both public and private schools.   His perspective as a direct observer of teacher candidates in clinical experience courses has helped to mold his online course content in creating meaningful assignments for teacher candidates that also fall within the strict guidelines established by the New Hampshire Department of Education.

“Having taken online courses was a great experience and allowed me to learn to effectively to facilitate learning in the online environment.”

Although he has extensive experience in online education,  Mike has been teaching online about a year. He attributes his ability to teach online to his own experiences as a student. In addition to teaching both face-to-face and online at GSC, he is also a Regional Mentor for the Manchester region.

Michael does offer some things to be aware of when teaching online.  As you develop your course your design may be appropriate for an average size class.  However if you only have a few students (2-5) or you have a lot of students (20+) it can create challenges for the instructor.  The interactions and pace will vary depending on the number of students so it is always a good idea to check the enrollment status before the course begins so you can adjust activities accordingly.  Mike has been able to leverage excellent online resources to create courses that have been well-received by GSC students, and he has been flexible in his ability to manage both large and small groups of students

When asked to share some of his experiences in the online classroom, Mike shared his insights on writing. “I think the online learning environment has forced students to become better writers. I have been impressed in the level of writing I have seen in many of my online courses. I believe this skill will only improve over time.”

“From my own experience in online education, I became a much better writer.”

Mike is interested in school reform, school leadership, community-based learning, and improving the relationship between the business and education sectors. In addition to his interest in education, Mike enjoys  gardening and spending time with his family.

To contact Mike you may send an email to: msmcmurray@go.granite.edu