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John Mullen to be Named Professor Emeritus at Clarkson University

Professor of Economics and Finance John K. Mullen will be named professor emeritus at Clarkson University's 122nd Commencement on May 9. He will be honored for 38 years of exemplary service to the University.

John K. MullenSince joining the faculty at Clarkson in 1977, Mullen has taught more than 5,000 students, offering more than 25 separate courses in economics and finance at graduate and undergraduate levels. His primary teaching duties included required courses in financial management, as well as corporate finance and financial markets & institutions at the MBA level.  

Drawing upon his expertise in public policy and regional science, Mullen has often focused his scholarly research on topics that impact regional economic welfare. This includes producing the initial estimates of the economic effects of acid rain in the Adirondacks, and examining the fiscal impacts of property tax exemptions on rural municipalities in New York State.  His most recent publications deal with the effects of foreign direct investment and offshoring on regional economies.

His research has been funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Office of Education, the SUNY Research Foundation, and the Canadian Embassy.  He has held positions as a senior research fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government (1999) and as visiting scholar at the National University of Ireland-Galway (2010).

Mullen regards online education as a valuable tool to aid learning and access, yet remains cautious about how easily technology can distract students. Over the past 16 years, he has designed online learning environments for graduate finance courses, and remains a consultant for technology platforms used for professional certificate programs in finance.

His service to the University is extensive. He served on the Faculty Senate, Administrative Council, and numerous committees. Mullen was chair of the Department of Economics and Finance from 1992 until 1997, overseeing significant growth in its faculty within what now is the Clarkson University School of Business.

“I was also an academic adviser to the men's hockey team,” he notes, “I enjoyed associating with players as well as coaches. Over the years, I taught most of the hockey players who came through, some of whom were my better students.   Many former students have become lifelong friends, and for that I am very fortunate.”

He has relocated to South Carolina, and is still teaching and consulting online.

Mullen received his Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from SUNY at Binghamton, with specializations in public finance and applied microeconomics.  He has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Marist College.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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