Rodney B. Murray, PhD

e-Learning executive, podcaster, pharmacologist, motorcyclist, and militant optimist.

As the Director of Online Learning, Dr. Murray helped launch a new division of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, now St. Joseph's University. His team was responsible for learning management systems, instructional design, online course development, and technology training for faculty and staff.

Before joining USciences in 2008, Dr. Murray was the founding director of the Office of Academic Computing at Thomas Jefferson University. He also taught his specialty, pharmacokinetics, to sophomore medical students and graduate students in biomedical sciences at Drexel University.

He earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology from Temple University School of Medicine, has published in neuropharmacology, and co-authored a book on pharmacologic calculations.

Rod is an early adopter of technology, especially relating to the Internet and World Wide Web, presenting at the 2nd International WWW Conference in 1994.

He has also produced a monthly e-learning technology podcast, Rod’s Pulse Podcast, since 2006, syndicated on Inside Higher Ed. In addition, Rod serves on the Board of the Northeast Digital Learning Association (, the local chapter of the USDLA.

In 2019, Rod started publishing his monthly labor of love, The GOOD NEWSletter by the Militant Optimist. He reports the latest news and research about diet and technologies that promise to help us live long, healthy lives.

Rodney B. Murray, PhD