John R. Mullin, Ph.D., FAICP
John R. Mullin, Ph.D., FAICP
Emeritus Professor of Regional Planning

John R. Mullin, Ph.D., FAICP
Office: Design Building 340
Tel: 413-577-2345

Dr. John R. Mullin is Emeritus Professor of Regional Planning in the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Associate Director of the Center for Economic Development, and former Dean of the Graduate School. He is a charter fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. His research and professional interests focus upon industrial revitalization, port development and downtown planning. A Senior Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Mullin has written or edited more than 100 book chapters, book reviews, technical reports, journal articles, and conference proceedings. He is a retired Brigadier General from the United States Army National Guard.


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Professor Mullin is now teaching a seminar entitled an Introduction to Town Planning each semester in the Honors College (391AH). This past semester he also taught Introduction to Sustainable Economic Development (Sustcomm333), served as a member of two dissertation and two theses committees and as a studio critic. In his capacity as Associate Director of the Center for Economic Development, he continues to provide technical assistance on economic development to cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Most notably, this past year he served as the co-co-principal investigator on a project to revitalize the eleven acre mill yard in Ware, Massachusetts. This summer he will be the principal investigator on a business retention and expansion study for the City of West Springfield. Dr. Mullin continues his involvement with the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association as a member of the Massachusetts Chapter of Economic Development Committee. Concerning scholarly research, Dr. Mullin, over the past two years, has published articles in the Journal of Rural History, Journal of Planning Perspectives, Acta Architecture, Journal of the Society of Industrial Archeology and Journal of Urban History. Current works are now under review for the Journal of Planning Education and Research and the Journal of Industrial Archeology. This past April, Dr. Mullin was invited to be the keynote speaker of the first national conference on the Future of Nuclear Host Communities where he spoke on the topic of “The Once and Future Nuclear Towns”.