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Dr. Ed Mullins is an Alabama native and retired University of Alabama journalism professor.

He received his BA degree in journalism and mass communication from The University of Alabama, his MA from Ohio State University and his PhD from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

He served as dean of UA’s College of Communication and Information Sciences from 1983 to 1996 — a period of unprecedented growth and improvement in faculty, facilities, students and equipment that led to the college being named among the nation’s top 20.

His retirement was short-lived, as he returned to work part-time at UA in the Division of Community Affairs’ Center for Community-Based Partnerships, where he serves as director of Research and Communication. He was instrumental in the creation of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, the leading peer-reviewed journal focused on community engaged scholarship, and continues to serve as an editorial assistant.

In 2007 he received the Robert P. Knight Multicultural Recruiting Award for helping create a more diversified journalism workforce, and in 2015 was inducted into The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences’ Hall of Fame.