Steven D. Mullins, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
M.S., Economics, Oklahoma State University, 1980
Ph.D., Economics, Oklahoma State University, 1983
Drury University faculty member since 1982
Professor since 2010
National Association of Forensic Economics
Courses Taught, research interest, educational background, etc.
Basic Economics, Aggregate Economics, Price Theory, The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination, Public Finance, Environmental Economics, International Economics, Comparative Economic Systems, and Econometrics
I have been in the Breech School since coming to Drury from graduate school at Oklahoma State University in 1983. In addition to the courses listed above, I have also taught Managerial Economics and Macroeconomics in the MBA program.
Part of my writing has been associated with Dr. Rohlf's outstanding introductory textbook. I have written a workbook that accompanies his text that has been published online and in two printed editions. My other work has focused on the interconnection between Macroeconomics and issues relating to economic justice. I have done research on the impact of economic growth on the poverty rate in the U.S., and my most recent work measured how much the unemployment rate has been inflated as a result of unprecedented increases in the duration of unemployment benefits that occurred during the recent recession. I also write about the appropriate ways to measure economic damages in workplace discrimination cases.
I am also interested in the link between contemporary energy use, carbon emissions and global warming (apologies to those attached to the more neutral 'climate change'). I have worked with some students
Another component of my professional career involves consulting as a forensic economist in a variety of legal matters. Civil legal disputes require that the court consider awarding compensation for economic damages to the injured party, and I have provided such estimates in patent infringement, age and gender discrimination, employee injury, wrongful death, and personal injury cases.
I am also an aviation enthusiast – a passion I owe to my father who was a pilot in Europe during the Second World War. I built an experimental aircraft some years ago and currently fly a homebuilt aircraft that is capable of mild aerobatics.
How does the Breech School of Business prepare students for their professional career?
How many web pages do I have to answer this one? Everything that makes Drury and the Breech School special
The contrast between what takes place at Drury and my undergraduate experience at OSU serves as an example. The classes I took and taught at OSU were so large it was impossible for students to work with their professors on
One of my economics students was offered an internship with a French bank that has offices in New York City. She has this outstanding opportunity as a consequence of her Breech professors knowing about her personal interests in the connections between economics, finance and banking combined with
What sets Breech apart from other business schools?
In addition to the benefits afforded to our students by our modest size and personal approach mentioned above, the Breech School provides its business education in the context of the broader Drury University community with its commitment to the traditional liberal arts, and all Breech students are given the opportunity to study abroad.
Do you have any favorite memories inside the Breech building?
Something fun or crazy is always going on in Breech. Bill Rohlf already told the story about Curt Strube - the director of the Breech School when I was hired - riding a pony down Drury Lane wearing a cowboy hat for his 50th Birthday…..that was a classic. Halloween is always a blast as well. Penny Clayton has an awesome pig costume and Janis Prewitt does a great impression of Sarah Palin.
Every student should ask Rohlf about his problems with a desktop computer after moving it into his new office. Only after our CIS professor took a look at the brand of the computer was the problem diagnosed. Bill had set up his upside down.
What advice would you offer to a new student beginning their course of study in the Breech School of Business?
Take advantage of our modest size. Talk to your professors and advisor about your interests and aspirations. They will bend over