Dr. Paul Mueller
Dr. Mueller entered NCSU’s phased retirement program on 1 July, 2011 – 1 July, 2014. He has many years’ experience in agricultural extension, research, and teaching programs at North Carolina State University. He served for 16 years (until 2010) as the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s (CALS) first Coordinator for Sustainable Agriculture. and served 14 years as the Coordinator for the Farming Systems Research Unit of The Center for Environmental Farming Systems. He has been involved with applied grassland farming research with ruminant animals including caprine silvo-pastoral systems and agricultural systems that integrate crops and livestock. Training, technology transfer and educational programs have been designed for advisors, farmers and agribusiness personnel interested in sustainable agriculture principles and practices and those striving to improve pasture and grassland management.
From 1 September 2007 until 1 July 2011 (when he began phased retirement) he served as CALS Assistant Dean for International Programs.
Dr. Mueller has been involved with graduate and under graduate teaching. For eight years he team taught FOR 577/SSC 577 (NCSU); ENV 277 (Duke); ECO 199 (UNC):Conservation and Sustainable Development I (3 credit hours), a graduate level course offered jointly by Duke, NCSU and UNC providing an interdisciplinary perspective on interrelationships between agriculture, conservation of natural resources and environmental systems and the economic development process. With Dr. Mike Linker, he developed CS 495C, Agroecology, a 3 credit course designed for the study of Agroecosystems. This course has now evolved into a crop science minor lead by Dr. Michelle Schroeder. In 2004 Dr. Mueller designed and taught a new graduate course CS 620/820, Critical Issues in Sustainable Agriculture. This course is now being offered every other year by Dr. Schroeder-Moreno and Dr. Julie Grossman (Soil Science). Dr. Mueller has also been a member of the teaching faculty for The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) summer internship program.
Dr. Mueller has also been a member of a team lead by Drs. Jim Green (Crop Science Emeritus) and Matt Poore (Animal Science) that for the past 10 years has offered Pasture Ecology I a two-week short course designed for National USDA NRCS staff.
Together with Dr. John O’Sullivan of NC A&T State University, Dr. Mueller has developed, submitted, and had approved the first Model State Program for North Carolina supported by the Southern Regional Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE http://www.southernsare.org/ ). A strategic plan has been developed by the North Carolina team of the two land grant universities, NGOs, NCDA & NRCS and interested farmers (http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/sustainable_ag/ ). Training is being institutionalized by making sustainable agriculture in-service training available for all NCCES AG agents. Key objectives are to: make available specific, in-depth training options for NCCES agents from all counties; use interdisciplinary, multi-institutional training teams; develop research and training competitive grant proposal for submission to southern SARE and PDP programs and establish evaluation plans that will provide assessment to what extent objectives have been met. Currently Dr. Steve Washburn, Animal Science, serves as CALS Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator.International
Dr. Mueller served as Assistant Dean for International Programs from 2007 to 2011. Since 1985 Dr. Mueller has been consistently involved in international projects and programs. He has collaborated on projects with scientists in New Zealand where he studied grassland ecology and intensive grazing management. He has also worked on collaborative projects in Latin America (Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Cuba, Colombia Mexico, and Uruguay). In 2000 he spent four months with the Land and Water Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome as a visiting scientist on special assignment. During this time he traveled to Africa and Central America and developed three international case studies in sustainable agriculture for use in university courses. In 2013 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in Croatia with the University Of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture (FAZ). During his Fellowship Dr. Mueller provided lectures for undergraduate and graduate students and collaborated with colleagues in reviewing the FAZ agroecology curriculum.