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Carol A. Mullen

Carol A. Mullen, Professor

Carol A. Mullen, Professor
Carol A. Mullen, Professor

School of Education
1750 Kraft Drive
Room 2105 (0302)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-3846 | camullen@vt.edu

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Brief Bio

Carol A. Mullen, PhD, an award-winning researcher and mentor and Fulbright Scholar alumnus, is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech and former editor of the Mentoring & Tutoring journal (Routledge). She has published 28 academic books and over 240 book chapters and articles in high-impact journals. Areas of research interest are educational leadership and mentoring, social justice and equity, policy studies, curriculum and instruction, creativity, and international education.

Extended Bio

Carol A. Mullen, PhD, an award-winning researcher and mentor and Fulbright Scholar alumnus, is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech and former editor of the Mentoring & Tutoring journal (Routledge). She served as a higher education administrator at two research universities.

She has published 28 academic books and over 240 book chapters and articles in high-impact journals. Areas of research interest are educational leadership and mentoring, social justice and equity, policy studies, curriculum and instruction, creativity, and international education.

Currently, she is President of the Society of Professors of Education and President-Elect of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), and past president of the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership.

She is editor of the Handbook of Social Justice Interventions in Education (2021), coeditor of The Risky Business of Education Policy (2021, Routledge), author of Revealing Creativity (2020), and Canadian Indigenous Literature and Art (2020).

Among the many accolades received, she was honored with Virginia Tech's 2021 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research and 2019 Alumni Award for Research Excellence, the 2017 Living Legend Award from the ICPEL, the 2016 Jay D. Scribner Mentoring Award from UCEA, and the 2020 Excellence (OISE Leaders & Legends) Award from the University of Toronto, among others.

She teaches graduate courses in governance and policy, qualitative research, literature review, and more, and is an active doctoral supervisor who has graduated many advisees.

  • Educational leadership and mentoring
  • Social justice and equity
  • Policy studies
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Creativity
  • International education
  • PhD in Educational Curriculum and Teacher Development, University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
  • MA in Educational Curriculum and Teacher Development, University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
  • BA in Literature and Education, York University
  • President, Society of Professors of Education
  • President Elect, University Council for Educational Administration, 2022 - present
  • Board Member (elected), Executive Council, University Council for Educational Administration, three-year term, 2018 to 2022
  • Officer (elected), Society of Professors of Education Executive Board, 2016-2019
  • Past President, International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership
  • Chair, SPE William H. Watkins Award Committee, 2019
  • Member, International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership’s Living Legends Awards Committee, 2018–19
  • Member, Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association, 2018
  • Member, Kottkamp Outstanding Dissertation Award Committee, 2018
  • Faculty Mentor, Early Career Scholar Mentoring Seminar, Division A, American Educational Research Association, 2018
  • Faculty Mentor, UCEA Researcher Development Program, UCEA, 2018
  • Editorial Boards / Activities
    • International Journal of Mentoring & Coaching in Education (Emerald)
    • Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning (Routledge) 
    • Education Leadership Review (ICPEL Press) 
    • Learning Landscapes (Leading English Language & Resource Network) 
    • Teacher Development: An International Journal of Teachers’ Professional Development (Routledge) 
    • Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education (Springer)
    • ENGAGE! Associate Editor. Description: Co-created Knowledge Serving the City.  (IUPUI Office of Community Engagement, Indiana University). 
    • Guest-edited special issue “Dynamic Mentoring Groups, Programs, and Structures: Legacy Special Issue.” Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 28(4). (515 pp.) Routledge. https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cmet20/current 2. (cross-reference B.6, Special journal issues edited—two entries)
  • Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award, The risky business of education policy (Routledge & KDP, with C.H. Tienken), 2022.
  • Certificate of Appreciation as a Champion for Teaching Excellence, VT-Kappa Delta Pi, Xi Zeta Chapter (Founder / Counselor, founded 2014), 2015 - 2022.
  • Certificate of Appreciation as a Champion for Chapter Mentoring and Sustainability, VT-Kappa Delta Pi, Xi Zeta Chapter (Founder / Counselor, founded 2014), 2014.
  • Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award, Canadian Indigenous literature and art: Decolonizing education, culture, and society, 2021.
    https://liberalarts.vt.edu/news/academic-news/2021/05/carol-mullen-received-2021-society-of-professors-of-education-outstanding-book-award-published-in-the-educational-forum.html
  • Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research, Virginia Tech Alumni Association, 2021
    Awarded by their University Committee on International Affairs, this award “recognizes faculty for who have made significant contributions in international research that extend beyond the United States.” https://liberalarts.vt.edu/news/articles/2021/05/university-awards-2021.html 2021
  • XCaliber Award for Excellence in Technology Assisted Teaching and Learning, (T/LOS) Virginia Tech, 2020
    Awarded from the university “for innovative use of technology for improving student learning”
  • OISE Leaders and Legends: Excellence Award, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 2020
  • Theodore “Ted” Creighton Publication Innovation Award, International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL), 2020
    “recognizes innovative, impactful work and leadership in improving practice, communication, and scholarship in a field.” https://liberalarts.vt.edu/news/ articles/2020/04/carol-mullen-receives-national-award-for-dedication-to-education.html
  • Editor Emerita of the Mentoring & Tutoring journal, International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership, 2020
    "for distinction of service to the organization and profession"
  • Alumni Award for Research Excellence, Virginia Tech Alumni Association, 2019
    https://vtnews.vt.edu/awards/facstaff2019.html
  • Outstanding Book Award, Tienken, C. H. & Mullen, C. A. (Eds.), Education policy perils: Tackling the tough issues (2016, Routledge/KDP), Society of Professors of Education (SPE), 2019 
  • Niles Award for Faculty Research, VT-CLAHS
  • Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award Honorable Mention for Creativity and Education in China: Paradox and Possibilities for an Era of Accountability, 2017
  • U.S. Fulbright Specialist Award (Canada), 2017
  • National Distinction Pool Award, Virginia Tech, President (national reputation/impact), 2017
  • Living Legend Award, International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership, 2017
    "for lifetime contribution to the profession"
  • Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for Service (to the profession), Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association, 2017
  • Best Paper Award from the Action Research Special Interest Group for “Reculturing Learning Organizations from the Inside to Diversify and Change: An Action Research Study” by C. A. Mullen, M. A. Rodríguez, & T. G. Allen, American Educational Research Association, 2017
  • Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2016–2017
  • Jay D. Scribner Mentoring Award, University Council for Education Administration, 2016
  • Charles Edgar Clear Research Award, Virginia Educational Research Association 2016-18 
  • Catalyst Faculty Fellow, sponsors: VT Institute for Creativity, Arts, & Technology, …, & Office of Vice President for Research & Innovation, VT 2015-16 
  • EAQ Award for Outstanding Editorial Board Service from AERA Division A: Leadership. Educational Administration Quarterly—flagship journal in educational leadership; UCEA.aeradivisiona.org 2015 
  • Fulbright Specialist Award (China), 2006 
  • President’s Women’s Leadership Award, Women’s Status Committee, University of South Florida (USF). wsc.usf.edu/projects/awards, 2005 
  • Excellence in Teaching and Research Award, Florida Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. libres.uncg.edu, 2003 
  • President’s Faculty Excellence Award, USF (President Judy Genshaft)
    “to recognize faculty performing at a superior level over the past 5 years in receiving inter/national recognition, whose contributions are fundamental to the future of the University, and whose high marketability places them in the highest risk of being recruited away.” 2000 
  • Outstanding Service Award for Guest Editor of “New visions of mentoring,” Theory Into Practice, 39(1), 2000, The Ohio State University, OH 1999 
  • Outstanding Professor Teaching Award for Academic Excellence, Auburn University, AL 1998 
  • Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award for book Breaking the Circle of One, AERA Division K: Teaching and Teacher Education 1998 
  • Athena Award for Excellence in Mentoring for book Breaking the Circle of One 1998 and for article on Hispanic preservice teachers (1997, Latino Studies Journal) 1995 
  • Research Achievement Award for the study, “The Voice of Hispanic At-risk Preservice Student Teachers,” Texas A&M University, TX

Books

Tienken, C. H., & Mullen, C. A. (Eds.). (2022). The risky business of education policy. Routledge & Kappa Delta Pi. (169 pp.) ISBN-13:978-0367622466 [2022 SPE Outstanding Book Award]

Mullen, C. A. (Ed.). (2021). Handbook of social justice interventions in education. Springer. (Volumes 1 & 2, “living reference work,” 57 chapters + index, 1,398 pp.). ISBN-10:3030358577

*Reed, S. S., Mullen, C. A., & *Boyles, E. T. (2021). Problem-based learning in elementary school: What strategies help students develop? Springer. (85 pp.) doi:0.1007/978-3-030-70598-5

Mullen, C. A. (2020). Canadian Indigenous literature and art: Decolonizing education, culture, and society. Brill. (176 pp.) ISBN:978-90-04-42839-3 [2021 SPE Outstanding Book Award]

Mullen, C. A. (2020). Revealing creativity: Exploration in transnational education cultures. Springer. (235 pp.) ISBN:978-3-030-48164-3

Shields, L. B., & Mullen, C.A. (2020). Veteran teacher resilience: Why do they stay? Switzerland: Springer.

Mullen, C. A. (Ed.). (2019). Creativity under duress in education? Resistive theories, practices, and actions. Switzerland: Springer. (419 pp.) (ISBN#s 10: 3319902717; 13: 978-3319902715)

Mullen, C. A. (2017). Creativity and education in China: Paradox and possibilities for an era of accountability. New York: Routledge & Kappa Delta Pi. (202 pp.)

Mullen, C. A., & Lane, K. E. (Eds.). (2016). Global leadership for educational leaders. Ypsilanti, MI: NCPEA Publications. Retrieval: http://www.lulu.com/shop/carol-mullen-and- kenneth-lane/global-leadership-for-educational-leaders/paperback/product-22846465.html (298 pp.)

Tienken, C. H., & Mullen, C. A. (Eds.). (2016). Education policy perils: Tackling the tough issues. New York: Routledge & Kappa Delta Pi. (224 pp.)

Mullen, C. A., English, F. W., & Kealy, W. A. (2014). The leadership identity journey: An artful reflection. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education. (152 pp.)

Mullen, C. A., & *Robertson, K. C. (2014). Shifting to fit: The politics of Black and White identity in school leadership. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. (186 pp.)

Journal Articles

Mullen, C. A. (2020, in press). What does Canadian Indigenous literature impart about colonization and the future? The Educational Forum.

Mullen, C. A. (2019, in press). Does modality matter? A comparison of aspiring leaders’ learning online and face-to-face. Journal of Further and Higher Education.

Mullen, C. A. (2019, in press). Do Chinese learners have a creativity deficit in academic contexts? Kappa Delta Pi Record, 54(1).

Mullen, C. A. (2018). Advancing racial equality through insights from Canadian Indigenous art and literature. International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education, 9(2).

Mullen, C. A. (2018). Creative learning: Paradox or possibility in China’s restrictive preservice teacher classrooms? Action in Teacher Education, 40(2), 186-202.

Mullen, C. A. (2018). Global leadership: Competitiveness, tolerance, and creativity—a Canadian provincial example. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 1-15.

Mullen, C. A., & Browne-Ferrigno, T. (2018). Teacher leadership and teaming: Creativity within schools in China. Research in Educational Administration and Leadership, 3(2), 231-255.

Mullen, C. A., & *Eadens, D. W. (2018). “Quality leadership matters”: A research-based survey of graduate programming. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 3(2), 162-200.

  • Mullen, C. A. (P.I.). (2020). VT Design and Develop Award. Awarded for the design and development of a doctoral course (Applied Qualitative Research in K-12 Educational Leadership) for 100% online delivery. (Part of a program proposal.) Virginia Tech (VT) Office of the Provost.
  • Mullen, C. A. (P.I.). (2018). VT Design and Develop Award. Awarded for the design and development of a master’s course (Curriculum Leadership P-12 Education) for 100% online delivery. (Part of a program proposal.) VT Office of the Provost.
  • Mullen, C. A. (P.I.). (2018-2019). Niles Research Grant. VT College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
  • Mullen, C. A. (P.I.). (2018-19). Niles Research Grant. Awarded for study of creativity and accountability in Australia. College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, VT. 
  • Mullen, C. A. (P.I.). (2018). Design and Develop Award.Funding awarded for the design and development of a master’s course (Curriculum Leadership) for distance delivery in a new online program. (Part of a joint Educational Leadership program proposal.) Office of the Provost; managed by Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS)
  • Mullen, C. A. (P.I.). (2017). U.S. Fulbright Specialist Award. Research/teaching scholarship from the World Learning: Global Development & Exchange. A Program of the U.S. Department of State: the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Country: Canada; Host Institution: University of Toronto; Site Visit: 2017. Was also a Visiting Professor. (Project ID: FSP-P000185)
  • Mullen, C. A. (2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019). International Travel Supplemental Grant (for conference talks). Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, VT. 
  • Mullen, C. A. (P.I.). (2015). U.S. Fulbright Specialist Award. Selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, U.S. Department of State: the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Country: China; Host Institution: Southwest University, Chongqing; Site Visit: 2015. (Project ID: 6219)
  • Mullen, C. A. (P.I). (2015). Interventions for learning in China that shape education policy and the civic society.Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment, Global Issues Initiative Research Support Program, Virginia Tech.
  • Mullen, C. A. (2020, November 3). Revealing creativity in transnational educational settings. Invited 2-hour presentation/seminar in Dr. Ronald Beghetto’s educational psychology doctoral course. Arizona State University. [Beghetto is Pinnacle West Presidential Chair, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College]  
  • VT-KDP Xi Zeta Chapter Leadership
  • Mullen, C. A., & Bartlett, T. C. Charter movement controversy: An American public charter school case study
  • Cox, J. S., & Mullen, C. A. Impacting student achievement: Principals’ instructional leadership practice in two Title I rural schools. 
  • Mullen, C. A., & Badger, S. C. Leadership support in pandemic: Middle school teacher perceptions of emergency remote teaching.
  • Mullen, C. A., & Fallen, M. T. “Navigating unchartered waters”: New teacher mentoring and induction. 
  • Mullen, C. A., Hobson, A. J. Co-mentoring in teacher education: Theory and application. International 
  • Mullen, C. A. Guiding online students in a crisis: An intervention for mentoring educational leadership doctoral candidates.

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