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Donald Mitchell

Assistant Professor

Office Address: 409 C DeVos
Phone: (616) 331-6292


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • M.S., Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • B.S., Shaw University

Scholarly Interests:

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

Academic/Professional Activities:

Select Publications

Tillapaugh, D., Mitchell, D., Jr., & Soria, K. (2017). Considering gender and leadership through an intersectionality lens. In P. Haber-Curran & D. Tillapaugh (Eds.), Critical perspectives on gender and student leadership (New Directions for Student Leadership No. 154, pp. 23-32). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Mitchell, D., Jr., & Hilton, A. (2016, November 29). Historically Black for whom? A challenge for 21st century historically Black colleges and universities to embrace Blackness, just Blackness [Web log post]. Available at

Mitchell, D., Jr. (2016, May 31). How to start a revolution: Use intersectionality as a framework to promote student success [Web log post]. Available at

Greyerbiehl, L., & Mitchell, D., Jr. (2014). An intersectional social capital analysis of the influence of historically Black sororities on African American women’s college experiences at a predominantly White institution. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 7(4), 282-294. 

Mitchell, D., Jr. (2014, November 21). Intersectionality to social justice = theory to practice [Web log post]. Available at

Mitchell, D., Jr., & Means, D. (2014). “Quadruple consciousness”: A literature review and new theoretical consideration for understanding the experiences of Black gay and bisexual men at predominantly White institutions. Journal of African American Males in Education, 5(1), 23-35. 

Mitchell, D., Jr., & Sawyer, D., III. (Eds.). (2014). Informing higher education policy and practice through intersectionality. Journal of Progressive Policy & Practice, 2(3). 

Mitchell, D., Jr., Simmons, C., & Greyerbiehl, L. (Eds.). (2014). Intersectionality & higher education: Theory, research, and praxis. New York, NY: Peter Lang.


Select Refereed Presentations

Mitchell, D., Jr. (2016, March). Using intersectionality as a framework to guide student affairs work. In P. Love & D. Liddell (Chairs), Emerging scholars: Engaging campus educators' voices in emerging scholarship. Session conducted at the American College Personnel Association Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada.

Mitchell, D., Jr., Gipson, J., Steele, T., & Fuller, J. (February, 2016). Intersectional value? Comparing outcomes for African American women in historically Black sororities and non-Black sororities. Poster presented at the 19th Annual American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Greyerbiehl, L., & Mitchell, D., Jr. (2014, April). Forecasting intersectionality in student affairs practice: Examining historically Black sororities. Poster presented at the American College Personnel Association Annual Convention, Indianapolis, IN. 


Select Honors & Awards

2017 Outstanding University Service Award, GVSU

2016 Graduate Faculty Kimboko Inclusion Award, Graduate Student Association, GVSU

2016 McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award, Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference

2015 Distinguished Early-Career Scholar, Center for Scholarly & Creative Excellence, GVSU

2015 Emerging Scholar Award, American College Personnel Association

Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate, World Learning, 2015 – 2020

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 Solidarity Award, Pride Awards, LGBT Resource Center, GVSU

2013 Graduate Outstanding Faculty Mentor, Graduate Student Association, GVSU

2013 John Zaugra Outstanding Research/Publication Award, Michigan College Personnel Association

2013 Outstanding Faculty Member, Student Life Awards, Office of Student Life, GVSU

Teaching Areas:

  • Adult and Higher Education
  • College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL)