The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Carol Mullen, a professor of educational leadership in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, for her studies of mentoring theory and values-oriented approaches to professional development in education.
Mullen’s research and teaching interests include mentoring theory and practice, diversity in educational contexts, and applied scholarly writing. She specializes in mentoring theory and practice in education across university and K–12 settings and social justice leadership that fosters critically reflective, values-oriented approaches to developing education professionals and systems. She has founded, coordinated, and researched numerous mentoring and writing programs for professional associations and universities.
In 2015, Mullen received a Fulbright Scholar Award to travel to Chongqing, China, to research educational leadership, administration, and social and global issues. Her focus for her two months there was how educators in China think about learning in the 21st century and to offer suggestions and support for a more creative, critical, and inclusive approach to education. In May 2017, Mullen published “Creativity and Education in China: Paradox and Possibilities for an Era of Accountability,” an account of her China research. The book is co-published by Routledge with Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society.
In addition to her latest book, Mullen has authored and edited 20 scholarly books and more than 200 refereed journal articles and juried book chapters.
Mullen received the Jay D. Scribner Mentoring Award from the University Council for Education Administration in 2016. She also received the 2017 Living Legend Award from the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration.
She earned her master’s degree and doctorate from The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She received her bachelor’s degree from York University.