Dr. Mitchell's scholarship focuses on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion
in higher education contexts. More specifically, he explores the impact of race and
gender in higher education, Black Greek-lettered organizations and academic outcomes, the
experiences of historically underrepresented populations navigating higher education
contexts, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
He was awarded the Center for the Study of the College Fraternity's 2012 Richard
McKaig Outstanding Doctoral Research Award for his dissertation, "Are They Truly
Divine?: A Grounded Theory of the Influences of Black Greek-Lettered Organizations on the
Persistence of African Americans at Predominantly White Institutions." His
dissertation was also cited Honorable Mention for the American Association of Blacks in
Higher Education's 2013 "Outstanding Doctoral Research Award Competition."
Dr. Mitchell earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from Shaw University, the first
historically Black college or university in the South, a master of science in educational
leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a Ph.D. in educational policy
and administration with a concentration in higher education from the University of
Minnesota - Twin Cities.
Dr. Mitchell is an assistant professor of higher education at Grand Valley State