Ralph O. Mueller was appointed dean of the University of Hartford’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) in 2009. He holds faculty rank as professor in both ENHP and the College of Arts and Sciences. With his having initiated and implemented major academic, administrative, and budgetary restructuring, ENHP now offers successful hybrid programs, innovative partnerships, and the newly created Institute for Translational Research. Under Mueller’s leadership, ENHP’s distinctive programs are among the fastest-growing, most community-engaged and revenue-generating areas of the University. Since his arrival, enrollment at ENHP has increased to more than 1,200 students.
From 1993 to 2009, Mueller held professorial appointments in two highly ranked schools at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.: the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. During his George Washington tenure as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership (2001–06), student matriculation increased by one-third.
Mueller has served on the boards of several prominent journals and as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and The World Bank. As a 2007–08 fellow of the American Council on Education, he was engaged in international partnership development with universities in Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Mueller is an accomplished author, editor, and sought-after lecturer on methodological and statistical topics in social science research.
A mathematician (BA, Elon College, 1983; MA, Wake Forest University, 1984) and research methodologist (PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1987), Mueller began his academic career at the University of Toledo in Ohio (1987–93). He moved to the United States from Germany as a 1979 Rotary International Scholar.