Dr. John A. Mueller

  • John Mueller


    Department Chairperson and Graduate Coordinator 


    Stouffer Hall, Room 220

    Mailing Address

    Stouffer Hall, Room 206
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705

    Email Address






    Formal Education

    BS — Illinois State University
    Biological Sciences

    MS — Illinois State University
    Counseling Psychology

    EdD — Teachers College, Columbia University 
    Higher Education/Student Personnel Administration

    Professional Experience and Interests

    John Mueller’s professional experience in student affairs began in residence life at Illinois State University (ISU), preceded by his undergraduate and graduate experiences in ISU’s residence halls. From central Illinois, Mueller moved to the east coast and continued his career in residence life at Temple University, SUNY–Stony Brook, and at Teachers College of Columbia University. During the final year of his doctoral program, Mueller joined the Teachers College higher education faculty as a full-time instructor and co-coordinator of the Student Personnel Administration master’s program. Upon completion of his EdD in Higher Education in 1999, Mueller joined the SAHE faculty at IUP.

    In addition to his professional employment experiences in student affairs, Mueller has been active in national, regional, and campus service. He has served in a variety of leadership roles within the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), including: ACPA Foundation Board of Trustees, the directorate of the Standing Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Awareness; the Core Council for Membership Services and Interests; ACPA Awards chairperson; chairperson of the Commission for Professional Preparation; and the 1995 and 2009 convention program committees. Mueller has presented at numerous ACPA conferences and for several of ACPA’s professional development “road shows” on cultural diversity, campus violence, and lesbian/gay/bisexual issues on campus.

    Professor Mueller enjoys traveling the world to learn about higher education and student affairs in other countries. His travels have taken him to China, Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, and South Africa. 

    He is an active member in IUP’s Safe Zone program and has served as chair of IUP’s Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues. He also served on the campus judicial board, the University-Wide Promotion Committee, the University-Wide Tenure Committee, and as the faculty advisor to the Catholic Student Association, the Secular Student Alliance, and the Associates for Student Development.

    Mueller’s primary research, writing, and training interests are in multicultural competence and in social identity development. His most recent publications include Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs: Advancing Social Justice and InclusionEmbracing Paradigm Shifts to Dismantle Oppressive Structures (JCSD), and The Practice-to-Theory-to-Practice Model: A 35th Anniversary Re-introduction.

    Professor Mueller values including SAHE students and alumni in his scholarly activities and has published and presented with a number of them over the years. His editorial board work has included ACPA’s Books and Media Board, the College Student Affairs Journal, and the Journal of College Student Development.

    Outside of SAHE, Mueller is a budding musician, playing the guitar and learning piano. He also sings with the Renaissance City Choir (Pittsburgh’s gay and lesbian chorus) and the Indiana Community Choir. When he is not tending to his cats, he enjoys home improvement projects and turning “trash to treasure.”

    See Dr. Mueller’s vita