James F. Murphy is a professor emeritus in the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at San Francisco State University.
Murphy received his BA in recreation from San Francisco State University (1966), MS with honors in recreation and park administration from Indiana University (1967), and PhD from Oregon State University (1972).
Murphy has authored, coauthored, edited, and coedited 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 6 years on the SPRE Board of Directors, including one term as president.
He was president of the Academy of Leisure Sciences (2008-2009) as well as a charter fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences (1980).
In 2008, Murphy received the Distinguished Colleague Award of the Society of Park and Recreation Educators, NRPA.