Andrew Dean Mullen
Professor of Education
Department of Education
Phone: (805) 565-6288
Office Location: Porter Center #3
By appointment only.
History of American Education,
Curriculum and Instruction in History/Social Studies
Dr. Andrew Mullen, Professor of Education, started teaching Vacation Bible School at the age of 14, and hasn’t stopped teaching since. A stint as resident ornithologist at the Ranger Rick Wildlife Camp in North Carolina confirmed his vocation, and he was an instructor in two residential nature centers before returning to school for an elementary credential (Colorado College, M.A.T., 1985).
Dr. Mullen taught 4th and 5th grades for three years in the public schools of Colorado Springs, CO, as well as teaching history for four years at the Collegiate School in Louisville, KY. He earned a Ph.D. in the history of education and history/social studies curriculum from Columbia University in 1996. His scholarly interests include nationalism in American education, the history of teaching history, and the history of children’s literature. He recently served as chair of the joint NCSS-Children’s Book Council Committee, a group that publishes annual reviews of outstanding children’s books in the area of history and geography. Dr Mullen received Westmont’s Bruce and Adaline Bare Teacher of the Year Award in the Social Sciences in 2011. He and his wife Jana, who holds a degree in the history of Christianity, have two children, Phoebe and Frances.