Dr. Frank Mullins

Associate Professor, Management Department


Dr. Frank Mullins' Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Frank I. Mullins is an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business, University of Alabama in Huntsville. Prior to joining UAH in 2017, he held academic appointments at Elon University, North Carolina A&T State University, Rutgers University, and University of North Carolina system. He earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration and MBA from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s 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. 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.

Dr. Mullins’s research agenda focuses on the effect of corporate governance mechanisms (i.e.,monitoring by the owners & board of directors) on the use and effectiveness of human resource policies and practices. His research has been published in refereed academic publications such as Human Resource Management and Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations and highlighted in practitioner and public policy sources in the UK and USA. He also served as a Guest Editor for a special issue on employee stock ownership at Human Resource Management, a leading HRM journal, and was the 2014 Chair for the Caucus Committee for the Academy of Management.


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

Classes Taught

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Corey Rosen Fellow, Rutgers University, Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing (2019-2020)
  • Students’ Choice Award for Outstanding Teaching in Graduate Courses, UAH College of Business (2020)
  • Honor Roll, Outstanding Teaching in Undergraduate Courses, UAH College of Business (2020)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, UAH Minority Graduate Student Association (2020)
  • C. David Billings Fellow, UAH College of Business (2019-2020)
  • Best Research Paper Award, UAH College of Business (2019)
  • Honor Roll, Outstanding Online Teacher of the Year, UAH College of Business (2019)
  • Academic Affairs Faculty Fellow, University of North Carolina system (2016-2017)
  • Certificate of Recognition for Service as 2014 Caucus Chair, Academy of Management (2015)
  • Louis O. Kelso Fellow, Rutgers University, School of Management & Labor Relations (2014-
  • Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, North Carolina A&T State University (2014)
  • Bill Nobles Fellow, Rutgers University, School of Management & Labor Relations (2012-2013)
  • Elon Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Elon University, Love School of Business (2009-2010)

Professional Certifications

  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) – Society for Human Resource Management (2015- Present)
  • Certificate of Recognition for completing Dr. Harvey Brightman’s Master Teacher Program (2018)
  • Certificate in the Art and Craft of Discussion Leadership – Harvard Business School (2010)

Selected Publications

  • Mullins, F., Weltmann, D., Kruse, D., & Blasi, J. (2019). Broad-based employee stock ownership: What makes it effective in the management of human resources? Human Resource Management, 58(6):567-570
  • 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.