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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 methodology. More specifically, his work theoretically and empirically explores 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 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education's 2020 Emerging Scholar recognition; the Association for Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and Sigma Phi Epsilon's 2018 Dr. Charles Eberly Oracle Award (with Dr. John Gipson, Jakia Marie, and Tiffany Steele); 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 chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer, professor of education and chair for the M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership and Social Justice Program at Bellarmine University. He also serves as co-chair of the President's Advisory Board on Equity & Inclusion at Bellarmine University. In addition, he currently serves as an editorial board member for the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity.
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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June 2020 - Present Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Bellarmine University
January 2019 - Present Co-Chair, President's Advisory Board on Equity and Inclusion, Bellarmine University
August 2017 - Present Professor of Education, Bellarmine University ‐ Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education
August 2015 - Present Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate, World Learning

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Black Greek-lettered organizations, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Intersectionality and higher education, Qualitative research methods, and Race and gender in higher education

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present Diversity Scholar, Diversity Scholars Network, National Center for Institional Diversity, University of Michigan
2017 - Present Editorial Board, Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity
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Honors and Awards

  • 2020 Emerging Scholar, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Emerging Scholar
  • 2018 Dr. Charles Eberly Oracle Award, Association for Fraternity/Sorority Advisors
  • 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

Contact Information

Office of the President
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY  40205



Edited Books (3)

Refereed Journal Articles (27)