Office: Health and Human Sciences (HHS) 312
Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work: Indiana University
External Minor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Public Policy and Not-for-profit
Dissertation title: From Homeownership to Foreclosure: Exploring the Meanings Homeowners Associate with
the Lived Experience of Foreclosure
Master of Social Work (MACRO concentration): Indiana University
Bachelor of Arts, Gender Studies: Indiana University
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science: Indiana University
Dr. Amy Murphy-Nugen joined the social work faculty at Western Carolina University as an assistant professor in 2014. Dr. Murphy-Nugen teaches courses on rural community advocacy and policy; community and organizational behavior and practice; program evaluation; and human behavior and the social environment. She has a strong commitment to mentoring emerging social work practitioners as demonstrated by her service as a field instructor and through student-faculty research collaborations. Her research interests include public policy analysis, affordable housing, community economic development, and not-for-profit management/leadership. Her immediate research focuses on the foreclosure crisis and housing loss.
Dr. Murphy-Nugen enjoys serving as an independent consultant where her academic knowledge complements her practical experience to help build human, social and political capacity in the community development industry. For example, she facilitated a public input and planning process for a town’s Corridor Community Revitalization Plan. The process included engaging residents, collecting and analyzing primary data, and reviewing key community planning documents. The plan was identified as a key component of a successful Low Income Housing Tax Credit application, which resulted in the construction of affordable units for older adult residents. Dr. Murphy-Nugen has facilitated community building and engagement processes for groups with five key stakeholders to neighborhoods with 40,000 residents as well as county-wide planning efforts and everything in between.
Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Dr. Murphy-Nugen was employed in the community economic development field where she served as the Deputy Director for the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED), a statewide membership organization. In that role, Dr. Murphy-Nugen oversaw a technical assistance team that provided organizational and programmatic development services to not-for-profit organizations and local units of government in rural, urban and suburban communities. Dr. Murphy-Nugen has nearly 20 years of practice and policy experience in the areas of housing, community building and engagement, community economic development, and not-for-profit management/leadership. Her professional experience includes providing team leadership; analyzing and advocating for socially and economically just local, state, federal legislation and administrative policy; delivering organizational capacity technical assistance to not-for-profit community-based development organizations and local units of government; and, managing a fee-for-service line of business that provided needed technical services and diversified funding for her employer’s social mission. Within her responsibilities as IACED’s Deputy Director, Dr. Murphy-Nugen also served as program director for the Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development (ICND), a trade association of Indianapolis’ community development corporations. Before working for IACED, Dr. Murphy-Nugen was a policy analyst for another statewide membership organization where she provided analysis and recommendations on a variety of issues including: state and local government revenues structure; and the implementation of state and federal laws related to increasing individual economic self-sufficiency.
She welcomes partnerships and collaborations with students and community stakeholders that strengthen individual well-being, not-for-profit organizational capacity and community quality of life.
Community development and housing issues; housing loss; foreclosure; disenfranchised grief
Student-faculty research collaborations: experience of women who were incarcerated and participated in post-secondary education; experience of older adults participating in a life review writing group; experience of Transgender individuals living in Appalachia; socio-economic and diversity considerations of adventure therapy programs
Scholarship of teaching and learning; high-impact practices; team-based learning; service learning
Presentations and Publications (* denotes graduate student co-author):
Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications:
Snyder, M. M., Murphy-Nugen, A. B., Rose, A. J., Wells, G. M., & MacKusick, C. (2017). Implementation of competency based educational strategies into a first-year seminar for interprofessional healthcare science majors. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 15(3), Article 4. [Peer-Reviewed]
Murphy-Nugen, A. B., & Beck, D. H. (2016). Juxtaposing dreams and loss: The lived experience of homeownership and foreclosure. Advances in Social Work, 17(2), 304-329. doi: 10.18060/20524 [Peer-Reviewed]
McGuire, L., Howes, P., Murphy-Nugen, A. & George, K. (2011). Leadership as advocacy: The impact of Title IV-E supported MSW education on a public child welfare agency. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 5(2), 213-233. doi: 10.1080/15548732.2011.566761.
Peer-Reviewed Curriculum Publications:
Murphy-Nugen, A. B. (2017). Lecture on Conceptualization of Community Practice from a Generalist Perspective; with accompanying Case Study, Community Assessment Application: Best Job in the Neighborhood and They Own It. Washington, DC: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Clearinghouse for Economic Well-being in Social Work Education, https://www.cswe.org/Centers-Initiatives/Initiatives/Clearinghouse-for-Economic-Well-Being [Peer-Reviewed]
MacKusick, C. (Presenter & Author), Wells, G. M., Virtue, E., Snyder, M. M., Dulworth, J. R., Rose,
A. J., & Murphy-Nugen, A. B. (March 16, 2017). North Carolina Health Disparities Conference, "Use of a Common Intellectual Experience in a Health Sciences Learning Community to Expand Cultural Diversity and Understanding," North Carolina Alliance for Health Professions Diversity, Grandover Resort and Conference Center, Winston-Salem, NC. [Peer-Reviewed]
*Frerich, M., & Murphy-Nugen, A. B., (October 2017). Annual Program Meeting: Educating for the Social Work Grand Challenges, "Achieving Opportunity through Educational Access: Women's Post-Secondary Educational Experience During Incarceration," Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, TX. [Peer-Reviewed]
*Robinson, J., & Murphy-Nugen, A. B. (October 2017). Annual Program Meeting: Educating for the Social Work Grand Challenges, "The Gendered Experience of Participating in an Older Adult Writing Group," Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, TX. [Peer-Reviewed]
Murphy-Nugen, A. B., *Warren, J., *Haskins, B., *Henson, A., *Kooles, L, *Patterson, K., *Williams,K. (June 1, 2017 - June 3, 2017). 2017 Policy Conference 2.0 - Successes and Solutions: Policies that Work, "Millennials rise up: A case study in teaching and advocacy strategies for empowering and engaging students in voter outreach, education, and registration," Influencing Social Policy, The Brown School at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. [Peer-Reviewed]
Wells, G., Virtue, E., Murphy-Nugen, A. B. & MacKusick, C. (April 18, 2017). Lunch and Learn, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Using High-impact Practices in Upper-level Courses," Western Carolina University, College of Health and Human Sciences, Educational Strategies Committee.
Murphy-Nugen, A. B. (March 22, 2017 - March 24, 2017). 2017 Gulf-South Summit on Service Learning & Civic Engagement through Higher Education, "From the Inside Out: Building Equitable and Just Communities through Team-Based Service-Learning Projects," University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, NC. [Peer-Reviewed]
MacKusick, C., Wells, G. M., Virtue, E., Snyder, M. M., Dulworth, J. R., Rose, A. J., Murphy-Nugen,
A. B. (March 16, 2017). North Carolina Health Disparities Conference, "Use of a Common Intellectual Experience in a Health Sciences Learning Community to Expand Cultural Diversity and Understanding," North Carolina Alliance for Health Professions Diversity, Grandover Resort and Conference Center, Winston-Salem, NC. [Peer-Reviewed]
Murphy-Nugen, A. B., *McClain, T., *Maas, E. (June 22, 2016 - June 25, 2016). 2016 NASW National Conference, Leading Change: Transforming Lives, "Unheard Voices: Adopted Children’s Perception about their Same-Sex Parents and Family," National Association of Social Workers, Washington, DC. [Peer-Reviewed]
Murphy-Nugen, A. B., *Maas, E., *McClain, T. (June 2, 2016 - June 4, 2016). Policy Conference 2.0, Race and Inequality: Policy & Advocacy for Structural Change, "Inequalities in Adoption Policy: Advocacy Strategies for Empowering Same-Sex Families," Influencing Social Policy, The Brown School, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. [Peer-Reviewed]
Murphy-Nugen, A. B. (March 14, 2016). Workshop for Field Instructors, "Strengthening the Micro-Macro Bridge," Western Carolina University, Department of Social Work, Health and Human Sciences Building, Cullowhee, NC.
MacKusick, C., Murphy-Nugen, A. B., Snyder, M. M., Rose, A. J., Wells, G. M. (January 8, 2016). College of Health and Human Sciences Retreat, "Competency Based Education." Western Carolina University, College of Health and Human Sciences, Cullowhee, NC.
Murphy-Nugen, A. & Beck, D. (2015, October).New frontier of housing and foreclosure counseling: Juxtaposing dreams and loss. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education 2015 61st Annual Program Meeting, Social Work on the Frontiers of Change, Denver, CO. [Peer-Reviewed]
Murphy-Nugen, A. & Beck, D. (2015, June). Innovating housing and foreclosure counseling: Addressing issues of grief and loss to impact the psychological well-being of people and place. Presented at the Network for Social Work Managers 2015 26th Annual Conference, Social Work Management, Impacting Communities and Changing Lives, Washington, DC. [Peer-Reviewed]
Murphy-Nugen, A., Barnett, C., Craig, C., McClellan, E., Nauman, S., Nethery, N., & Wilson, S (2015, June).Rural methamphetamine contamination: Taking action to strengthen environmental, housing and consumer protections. National Rural Social Work Caucus 2015 40th Annual National Conference on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, Building Rural and Frontier Areas, Vermillion, SD. [Peer-Reviewed]
Murphy-Nugen, A. (2014, July). Hope Now? A Call for Social Work Leadership on Housing Policy and Foreclosure Response. Presented at the National Association of Social Workers 2014 National Conference, Social Work: Courage, Hope and Leadership, Washington, DC. [Peer-Reviewed]
Murphy-Nugen, A. (2014, May). Housing Policy and Foreclosure Response at the Federal, State and Grassroots Levels: Implications for Social Work Advocacy and Practice. Presented at the 2014 Policy Conference 2.0: Energizing for Activism: Recommitting to Policy Change, Austin, TX. Peer-Reviewed]
Murphy-Nugen, A. (2012, July). Strengths-based planning: Using appreciative inquiry to build capacity and nurture sustainability. Presented at the 37th annual national conference of the National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, Nashville, IN. [Peer-Reviewed]
Murphy-Nugen, A. (2012, July). Strategy change cycle: A ten-step process to build capacity and nurture sustainability. Presented at the 37th annual national conference of the National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, Nashville, IN. [Peer-Reviewed]
Barton, W. H., Murphy-Nugen, A., & Bloomquist, K. (2011, November). Indiana High-Risk Youth
Reentry Program: Preliminary evaluation findings. Paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology, Washington, DC. [Peer-Reviewed]
Murphy-Nugen, A. (2010, March 19). Red herring policy analysis model: A teaching tool for policy practice. Presented at the 27th annual conference of theAssociation of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD), Atlanta, GA. [Peer-Reviewed]
Murphy-Nugen, A. (2009, July 18). Financial and developmental impacts of foreclosures on low- income and minority communities. Presented at the Building the Unsettling Force: A National Conference to End Poverty jointly hosted by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPERHC) and the Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA), Louisville, KY. [Peer-Reviewed]
Recent Planning Projects:
Murphy-Nugen, A.B. (2015). Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau: 2015-2020 strategic plan. Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.
Murphy-Nugen, A.B. (2015). Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau: Community demographic profile and focus group summary. Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.