Dr. Donald "DJ" Mitchell Jr. (email) is professor of higher education leadership and chair of the M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership and Social Justice Program at Bellarmine University. DJ'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 race, gender, identity intersections, and intersectionality within higher education contexts.
DJ's research and scholarship have received local and national recognition. 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." He currently serves as associate editor for Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and 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, and the Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research.
DJ 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 Ph.D. in educational policy and administration with a concentration in higher education from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.