About Donald Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.
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, identity intersections, and intersectionality 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 Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference's 2016 McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award; 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 a professor of higher education leadership at Bellarmine University. In addition, he currently serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of College Student Development, the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 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.
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Black Greek-lettered organizations, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Intersectionality and higher education, Qualitative research methods, and Race and gender in higher education
Honors and Awards
- 2016 McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award, Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference
- 2015 Emerging Scholar Award, American College Personnel Association
- 2014 Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Emerging Scholarship, Multicultural/Multiethnic Education Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association
- 2014 Outstanding Research Award, Men and Masculinities Standing Committee, American College Personnel Association
- 2014 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, UNCF and Shaw University
- 2013 MCPA John Zaugra Outstanding Research/Publication Award, Michigan College Personnel Association
- Honorable Mention, 2013 "Outstanding Doctoral Research Award Competition," American Association of Blacks in Higher Education
- 2012 Richard McKaig Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, Center for the Study of the College Fraternity and the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors
|September 2007 ‐ February 2012||PhD, educational policy and administration; higher education, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities|
|August 2006 ‐ July 2007||MS, educational leadership, Minnesota State University, Mankato|
|August 2002 ‐ May 2006||BS, chemistry, Shaw University|
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Edited Books (2)
Refereed Journal Articles (19)
An Investigation of High-Achieving African-American Students Attending Community Colleges: A ...
Community College Journal of Research and Practice (2017)
While much more research has been conducted about African-American college students in recent decades, there still exists a need for ...
Addressing Perceived Skill Deficiencies in Student Affairs Graduate Preparation Programs
Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (2016)
This article explores existing literature on perceived skill deficiencies among entry-level student affairs practitioners. Through a review of recent literature, ...
Friendships and Retention at a Historically Black University: A Quantitative ...
Journal of Research Initiatives (2016)
The retention and graduation rates of underrepresented minority, first-generation and low-income college students persist as problems in U.S. higher education. ...
Racial Positionalities, Professional Development, and a Master’s Study Abroad ...
College Student Affairs Journal (2016)
Racial/ethnic demographics are shifting in the United States. Subsequently, higher education institutions are becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. Given ...
"Quadruple Consciousness”: A Literature Review and New Theoretical Consideration for ...
Journal of African American Males in Education (2014)
This article synthesizes literature on Black gay and bisexual college men and introduces a new theoretical consideration for understanding the ...
Does Gender Matter in Black Greek-Lettered Organizations?
Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (2014)
This article explores the salience of gender for African Americans in Black Greek-lettered organizations at a predominantly White institution. An ...
“Bridges to Nowhere”: Rethinking Summer Bridge Programs for Historically Underrepresented ...
The Journal of College Orientation and Transition (2013)
While institutions continue to use and develop summer bridge programs (SBPs), the influences of SBPs remain unclear. The purpose of ...
Book and Monograph Chapters (7)
Contribution to Book
Considering Gender and Student Leadership Through the Lens of Intersectionality
Critical Perspectives on Gender and Student Leadership (2017)
This chapter explores the concept of intersectionality and its applicability to student leadership development as well as recommendations on how ...
Contribution to Book
A Grounded Theory of the Influence of Black Greek-lettered Organizations ...
Student Involvement & Academic Outcomes: Implications for Diverse Student Populations (2015)
For decades, scholars have documented that predominantly White institutions (PWIs) are not fully meeting the needs of African American students, ...
Contribution to Book
Career Advancement Beyond the Traditional Tenure & Promotion Process: Broadening ...
Priorities of the Professoriate: Multiple Forms of Scholarship Across Rural and Urban Institutions (2015)
Within this chapter we intersect Boyer’s (1990) scholarship of application with critical race theory to (a) address the underrepresentation of ...
Contribution to Book
Diversity in American Graduate Education Admissions: Twenty-first-century Challenges and Opportunities
International Perspectives on Higher Education Admission Policy: A Reader (2015)
While the legal precedent of affirmative action in U.S. higher education is well documented, graduate admissions practices that withstand strict ...