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|
Black Greek-lettered organizations, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Intersectionality and higher education, Qualitative research methods, and Race and gender in higher education
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|
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|
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Edited Books (3)
Refereed Journal Articles (27)
Going in Thinking Process, Coming Out Transformed: Reflections and Recommendations ...
Social Sciences and Humanities Open (2020)
This article presents reflections and suggestions of an instructor and students from a doctoral-level qualitative research course. Given qualitative research ...
An Investigation of High-Achieving African-American Students Attending Community Colleges: A ...
Community College Journal of Research and Practice (2018)
While much more research has been conducted about African-American college students in recent decades, there still exists a need for ...
Exploring the Relationship Between Campus Climate and Minority Stress in ...
Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity (2018)
During recent decades, there has been a growth in research exploring the social experiences of African American students attending institutions ...
How High-Impact Practices Influence Academic Achievement for African American College ...
Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity (2017)
Utilizing data from seven four-year public institutions in the United States, this study employed chi-square test for independence and a ...
Intersectional Value? A Pilot Study Exploring Educational Outcomes for African ...
Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (2017)
The purpose of this pilot study was to initially explore if there is value added in terms of educational outcomes ...
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 ...