Shaila MulhollandShaila Mulholland, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae

Professor of Education, Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education



  • Ph.D. Higher Education Administration, New York University
  • M.S. Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington
  • B.A. Biology, Indiana University Bloomington

Shaila Mulholland is Assistant Professor at the Interwork Institute in the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education in the College of Education at San Diego State University. Her teaching and research interests focus on the history, philosophy, and development of community colleges; the experiences of students and families as they navigate postsecondary institutions; and research methods, in particular, qualitative inquiry, case study research, historical methods, and policy analysis focusing on state and educational systems.

Dr. Mulholland recently completed an ASHE-Lumina funded dissertation project, titled the Lessons from Fifty Years of Access and Equity Strategies in Indiana, which explored from a historical perspective the causes and consequences of how Indiana developed its community college system in 2005. Prior to coming to San Diego State University, Dr. Mulholland was a research assistant with the Alliance for International Higher Education Policy Studies at New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy and a project associate with the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) at Indiana University Bloomington.

Dr. Mulholland is a member of the following professional organizations; the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the American Education Research Association (AERA), Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC), and the Organization of Educational Historians (OEH).