Richard Mullins, PhD
Richard J. Mullins, born near Detroit, Michigan, grew up in Middle Tennessee where his love of sports and science was cultivated. He attended Centre College, where he pitched for the college baseball team. Though he entered college intending to pursue a career in medicine, an inspiring organic chemistry professor changed his path, leading him to graduate in 1998 with a B.S. in Chemistry and plans for a career as an organic chemist. Upon enrolling at Indiana University, he considered multiple careers in chemistry before soon realizing that teaching at an undergraduate institution was his calling. After earning his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2004, specializing in organic chemistry, Rick was hired as a tenure track professor at Xavier University.
He has taught at Xavier University ever since, being recently promoted in 2017 to Professor. His teaching has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Joan G. McDonald Teaching Award which recognizes excellent teaching in the sciences as well as the Alpha Sigma Nu Bishop Fenwick Teacher of the Year Award, the most prestigious teaching award given at Xavier University. His research has traditionally been focused on the development and application of new methods for the synthesis of small natural products with potential medicinal applications. Rick lives in Cincinnati, OH with his wife, Mary, daughter, Maggie, and son, John. When not teaching or writing about organic chemistry, Rick still enjoys participating in sports by coaching his son’s select baseball team, running marathons and half-marathons, and supporting his favorite college and professional sports teams. Though records can’t confirm it, because of his longevity in the sport, Rick is the [self-proclaimed] all-time leading scorer in intramural basketball history at Xavier University.