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, serves on the Board of Directors for Achieve Hartford!, and is the founding director of ENHP’s Institute for Translational Research. Based on major academic, administrative, and budgetary restructures initiated by Dean Mueller, ENHP’s distinctive programs are now among the fastest growing, most community engaged and revenue-generating areas of the University.
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 2007–2008 fellow of the American Council on Education, he was engaged in leadership development activities by serving as special assistant to the provost at the University of Miami, FL. 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 (1987–1993). He moved to the United States from Germany as a 1979 Rotary International Scholar.