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Before retiring from UCM as a professor emeritus of management, Ralph Mullin was an early developer and promoter of assessment of student learning on campus. He devoted 21 years of service to Central Missouri and its students.
Mullin became involved in assessment activated in the early 1990’s and was the principal investigator on two major Fund for Improvement of Post-secondary Education grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The first was a $250,000 grant, 1991-1993, for the development of “A Continuous Process Improvement Model for Higher Education.” His work also led to a second $250,000 FIPSE grant, disseminated in 1994, allowing UCM to share its assessment model with eight other universities across the country.
The longtime member of the Harmon College of Business Administration joined the university in 1987 as an assistant professor of management. He was promoted to associate professor in 1991, and became a full professor three years later. Mullin taught previously at the University of Florida and at the University of South Florida, Tampa.
In addition to assessment of student learning, his specialty areas as a faculty member included quality management, leadership, transforming higher education systems, and strategic thinking. His service beyond the classroom includes serving on assessment committees at the department and college levels.
Mullin also has a strong record of scholarship, having made numerous paper presentations and contributed his research to refereed journals. These include Change Magazine: The Magazine of Higher Learning, Journal of Quality Management, Assessment and Accountability Forum: Journal of Quality Management in Higher Education.
His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from Washburn University; master’s degree from the University of South Florida Tampa; and doctorate from the University of Florida.