Professor Mutula is a full professor, Dean and Head of the School of Management, IT and Governance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He served before as acting Deputy Vice-chancellor, College of Humanities; Dean and Head of School of Social Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Prof Mutula holds academic and professional degree qualifications in computer science, education (mathematics and chemistry), and information science from University of Nairobi, University of Wales, Aberystwyth (UK) and University of Johannesburg respectively.
Prof Mutula is a National Research Foundation rated scholar and has won several international scholarly excellence awards from such organisations as Emerald publishing (UK), African Network of Information Ethics (ANIE) (Capurro Fiek Foundation, Germany), and researcher of the year awards. He has an extensive publication record that include books such as Digital Economies, SMEs and E-readiness (N. York: Business Science Reference); Web-based Information Management: A cross Disciplinary Approach. (Oxford. Chandos Publishing); Information and Knowledge Management in the Digital Age: Concepts, Technologies and African Perspectives (Ibadan. Third World Information Services Ltd): and Digital Solutions for contemporary democracy and e-government (Hershey PA: Information Science Reference). As at march 2023, he has h-index of 35, i10 –index of 106 and over 5025 citations of his scholarly work in Google Scholar. His focus of research include e-government, ICT4D, social informatics, information society, digital libraries, information ethics, SMEs, and knowledge management.
Prof Mutula has served before on several international editorial boards of such journals as: Journal of Information Technology Research (JITR), International Journal of E-adoption, Information Development (Netherland), International Journal of Innovation and Digital Economy(Publisher: IGI Global); South African Journal of Information Management (SAJIM) and South African Journal of Library and Information Science (SAJLIS). He was chief editor of African journal of Library, Archives and Information Science (AJLAIS) for 5 years. In addition, Professor Mutula served on the international editorial boards of Online Information Review and Electronic Library journals. Professor Mutula is currently the ean and Head of School of Management, IT and Governance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Prof Mutula was honoured with a national presidential award of the Republic of Kenya in 2021 through a gazette notice for his contribution to promoting capacity building in the higher education sector in the country and beyond. He is a member of American Library Association (ALA), South African Library Association (LIASA).