Dr. Mitchell's research and scholarship focuses on issues of diversity, equity,
and inclusion in higher education contexts, primarily using qualitative methodologies.
More specifically, his work theoretically and empirically explores the effects of race,
gender, and identity intersections within higher education contexts, with a particular
interest in historically Black fraternities and sororities and historically Black
colleges and universities as microsystems and macrosystems of analysis.
He is recipient of the American College Personnel Association's 2015 Emerging
Scholar Award, Grand Valley State University's 2015 Distinguished Early-Career
Scholar Award, the Multicultural/Multiethnic Education Special Interest Group of the
American Educational Research Association's 2014 Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial
Award for Emerging Scholarship, the American College Personnel Association’s Standing
Committee for Men and Masculinities 2014 Outstanding Research Award (with Dr. Darris
Means), and the Michigan College Personnel Association's 2013 John Zaugra
Outstanding Research/Publication Award. He was also 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."
Dr. Mitchell is an assistant professor of higher education at Grand Valley State
University. In addition, he currently serves as editor-in-chief of Annuals of the Next
Generation, managing editor and editorial board member for the Journal of African
American Males in Education, and as an editorial board member for the Journal of
Ethnographic & Qualitative Research and Oracle: The Research Journal of the
Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.
Dr. Mitchell earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from Shaw University, the first
historically Black institution in the South, a master of science in educational
leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a PhD in educational policy and
administration with a concentration in higher education from the University of
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