James F. Murphy, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, at San Francisco State University.
Dr. Murphy received his B.A. in Recreation from San Francisco State University (1966), M.S. with Honors in Recreation and Park Administration from Indiana University (1967), and Ph.D. from Oregon State University (1972).
Jim has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited seven textbooks including Concepts of Leisure, Leisure Service Delivery System, Recreation and Leisure Service for the Disadvantaged, and Leisure Systems.
He has written many professional and juried articles and conducted numerous workshops and made many presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences.
He served a total of six years on the SPRE Board of Directors, including one term as President.
He was President of the Academy of Leisure Sciences (2008-09) as well as a Charter Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences (1980).
In 2008 Dr. Murphy received the Distinguished Colleague Award of the Society of Park and Recreation Educators, NRPA.