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Dr. Mike Mullen is Vice Chancellor and Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Professor in the Department of Soil Science at North Carolina State University. As Vice Chancellor, Mullen is responsible for academic and student affairs programming across the student life cycle that contributes to the success of all students at NC State.
Prior to his arrival at NC State, Mullen served as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Kentucky from August 2009 to July 2012. He also was Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Agriculture from 2004 until 2009 and was on the Plant and Soil Science faculty from 2002 through 2012. Before joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky, Mullen spent 13 years in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Tennessee, where he also served one year as an Acting Assistant Dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He has also served as a Director of Undergraduate Studies for soil sciences and natural resources at both UT and UK.
Mullen’s current interests focus on student success in higher education and he also has interests in soil biology and biochemistry with an emphasis on microbial ecology in agricultural soils. His teaching experiences have spanned the spectrum of university students, from freshman level agricultural, environmental and academic orientation courses to doctoral level soil biochemistry courses.
A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dr. Mullen received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Purdue University. He completed the Ph.D. in Soil Science from North Carolina State University in 1987.
Dr. Mullen has received several teaching awards, including the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association’s Outstanding Teacher award in 1996. He also received the Early-Career Award in Education in 1996 and the Career Award in Education in 2003 from the Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy, and was named a Teacher Fellow by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture in 2002.
Mullen is published in several journals including: Soil Science Society of America Journal, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Transactions of the ASAE, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Journal of Plant Physiology, and others. His research includes the fate of nitrogen and phosphorous in soils amended with biosolids, microbial ecology in agroecosystems, the fate of hormones from dairy wastes, and activity of soil organisms in soils of organic farming systems.
Mike is married to Deborah Howard Mullen and has two adult sons, John and Michael, who are forging successful careers of their own.