Personal Vita

David S. Murphy

I now work primarily with undergraduate students, helping them to acquire the fundamental skills necessary for academic and career success.

I have been the Lead Faculty Area Chair of Humanities, English, and History at the University of Phoenix Maryland Campus and am now an instructor at the Maryland and Online Campuses, an instructor at Stevenson University, a master instructor at Howard Community College, and an instructor at the Community College of Baltimore County and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I have held faculty positions at other academic institutions in the United States and the Republic of Korea.

Before I fell in love with information technology and teaching adults to use digital technology, I served in the U.S. Air Force as a Korean interpreter and then as a leadership and management instructor. Although I originally set off to university to be a music teacher, my interests quickly changed when I was assigned to student teach general music to a class of second graders. I was a French Horn major, and I could not sing kid's songs to save my life, so I changed careers by joining the military.

I was graduated from the Defense Language Institute (Korean), Air Force Academic Instructor School, Community College of the Air Force (AAS in Interpreting and Translating), University of Maryland (BA in Behavioral Science & Educational Psychology), and The Johns Hopkins University (MLA - Master of Liberal Arts). I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a specialty in Computer and Information Security at Northcentral University; my research examines the relationship between restrictive password composition policies and the cryptographic security of user-generated passwords.

I have started two businesses: Damar Group, Ltd. (1989), an IT consultancy, and ITrain - the International Association of Information Technology Trainers, Ltd. (1997), a nonprofit association of over 7,300 information technology professionals in 171 countries. I have served as president of a number of corporate boards, including the Columbia Business Exchange, Rotary Club of Columbia-Patuxent, the Rotary club's charity, and Howard County Sexual Assault Center.

I have authored over 140 training-related books, including the two-volume set, The Training Book, the handbook for trainers. I have coauthored a book with a faculty colleague, Writing a Great College Paper. Although I enjoy writing, my favorite activity is reading, and I try to read every day.

In 2010, the faculty of Howard Community College selected me as the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty of the Year. In 2003 and 2009, Maryland students selected me as the University of Phoenix Outstanding Faculty of the Year.

I live in Wiesbaden, Germany with my wife, Peggy. Our two adult daughters are frequent visitors.

I maintain a student resources page, blog, and podcast are available at My personal blog is

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