Dr. Frank Mullins

Associate Professor, Management Department


Dr. Frank Mullins' Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Frank I. Mullins is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), and a Corey Rosen Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at Rutgers University. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the 2018-19 Best Research Paper Award from UAH College of Business; Academic Affairs Faculty Fellow by the University of North Carolina system; Louis O. Kelso Fellow by the Employee Ownership Foundation and Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations; and Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from North Carolina A&T State University. Dr. Mullins earned a PhD in Business Administration (Human Resource Management focus) and MBA from Syracuse University and a BS degree in Management from Oakwood University. During his PhD studies, he was an Exchange Scholar at Cornell University in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations and an Elon Pre-Doctoral Fellow at Elon University.

Dr. Mullins’ research interests include: compensation & benefits, strategic human resource management, corporate governance, and family firms. His research appears in refereed academic publications such as Human Resource Management and Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations. Currently, Dr. Mullins is a Guest Editor for a special issue on employee ownership at Human Resource Management, a leading HRM journal. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Mullins worked in human resources for the IBM Corporation in the areas of compensation, staffing, employee relations, training & development, and diversity.


  • Ph.D., Business Administration, Syracuse University, 2011
  • M.B.A., Human Resources, Syracuse University, 2001
  • B.S., Business Management, Oakwood University, 1997

Classes Taught

Professional Certifications

  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) – Society for Human Resource Management (2015)
  • Certificate in the Art and Craft of Discussion Leadership – Harvard Business School (2010)

Selected Publications

    • Mullins, F. (2018) HR on board! The implications of human resource expertise on boards of directors for diversity management. Human Resource Management, 57(5): 1127-1144.
    • Mullins, F. (2018) A piece of the pie? The effects of familial control enhancements on the use of broad-based employee ownership programs in family firms. Human Resource Management, 57(5): 979-992.
    • Mullins, F., & Holmes, J. (2018) Balancing board? The effects of board independence and capital on firms offering work-family benefits. Human Resource Management, 57(2): 457-469.
  • Mullins, F., Brandes, P., & Dharwadkar, R. (2016). To thine shareholders be true? Linking large corporate ownership to the firm’s use of commitment human resource practices. Human Resource Management, 55(4): 567-589.

  • Mullins, F. (2015) Board independence and changes in defined-benefit plan funding. Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, 21:119-141.