Dr. Mitchell's research and scholarship focus 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 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." He also
received 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. 

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
Minnesota—Twin Cities. 

Refereed Articles


Does Gender Matter in Black Greek-Lettered Organizations?, Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (2014)


Reforming Gendered Tenure Policies in U.S. Higher Education: A Policy Recommendation (with Abigail Johnson and Laura Poglitsch), Journal of Progressive Policy and Practice (2014)


Still Happening, Yet Still Problematic: The 21st Century Du Bois and Washington Debate (with Adriana Almanza, Adriel A. Hilton, and Barbara Spraggins), The National Journal of Urban Education & Practice (2014)



A 20-Year History of Black Greek-Letter Organization Research and Scholarship (with Jazzmin D. Weathers and Michael A. Jones), Center for the Study of the College Fraternity, Indiana University (2013)

Popular Press and Other Publications


Transitioning from GPA Requirements to Holistic Application Reviews, Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Perspectives (2014)


Operation Fast and [We're Serious] (with Daniel Miedema), Colleagues (2013)


Should HBCUs Pursue High-Capacity Fundraising Presidents?, Annuals of the Next Generation (2013)

Media Appearances