James Mitchell, PhD


Department of Teacher Education

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Dr. James M. Mitchell teaches courses in the Educational Psychology track of the credential program (TED 5301, TED 5351) and other courses in the master's program (TED 6700, TED 6020, TED 6900 and TED 6901). Dr. Mitchell also advises students in the Graduate Synthesis course of the master's program. His research focuses on cooperation and conflict resolution as related to HIV/AIDS education and service learning, as well as democratic-citizenship skill development through cooperation in the classroom.

A strong advocate for online instruction, Dr. Mitchell has taught in the CSUEB Online Teaching and Learning program, co-developed an online course in HIV/AIDS education that has been used by over 1000 Teacher Leaders and k-12 administrators worldwide.. From 01/08 through 12/08 Dr. Mitchell chaired the Teacher Education Department. Currently, he also serves as Team Leader for the Single Subject Online Team, as well as the Transition-to-Teaching program team, a partnership with the Alameda County Office of Education, in which classroom paraprofessionals are earning their State of California teaching credential.

Dr. Mitchell is also active with AERA (the American Educational Research Association), serving as Chair the Special Interest Group: Democratic Citizenship in Education and past Chair of the Special Interest Group: Service Learning and Experiential Education. He has served as a panel member and site coordinator for the Build a Future without AIDS project, hosted by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Locally, Dr. Mitchell has served on the Board of the Community Learning Center Schools of Alameda, which oversees both theAlameda Community Learning Center and the Nea Community Learning Center.

He is also an ardent fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, and he lives with his daughter in the East Bay area.

Professional Focus

Focus on cooperative learning, conflict resolution as related to HIV/AIDS education 


  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota
  • M. Ed. University of Massachusettts Boston
  • MA Boston College


Not teaching this quarter.


Mitchell, J and Hooks, MY, (2007). Teaching about HIV/AIDS through online education. Academic Exchange Quarterly. (45-50). Thomson Gale. 

Mitchell, J., Ramirez, F., Hooks, M.Y. (2005). Preparing teachers as prevention agents: An online learning course.Humanizing Pedagogy. AACTE. 

Mitchell, J (2005). Building Trust in the AIDS Education Classroom . Humanizing Pedagogy. AACTE. 

Mitchell, J.M., James, L., Essig, B., and Shipp, K., (2003). SOAR 2 College. Educational Leadership. ASCD. 

Mitchell, J; Johnson D & R. Johnson (2003). The Impact of Academic Controversy on Subsequent Conflict Resolution and Relationships Among Students. Journal of Educational Research. 

Mitchell, J. (2003). Cooperative Learning and Service Learning: Soul-mates for Reflection in Higher Education . Small-group Learning in Higher Education, Lessons from the Past, Visions of the Future, in Cooper, J. (ed.),. AAHE. 

Mitchell, J., Johnson D., and Johnson R., (2002). Are All Types of Cooperation Equal?. Social Psychology of Education. Social Psychology of Education. 

Avery, P., Johnson, D., Johnson, R., and Mitchell, J. (1999). Teaching An Understanding of Peace Through Academic Controversies. in Bartel (ed.) How Children Understand War and Peace. 


Build a Future without AIDS, March 26, 2008, New York 2008, AERA

Building Trust in the HIV/AIDS education classroom, April 3, 2007, Chicago, AERA

Grants and Awards

Build a Future without AIDS, AACTE, Build a Future without AIDS, , Received September 1, 2003, 14,000, For September 1, 2003 to June 30, 2005, Facilitate a model of HIV/AIDS education for teacher credential candidates


Every Child Counts/East Bay CA

Community Learning Center Schools of Alameda - Executive Board voting member

Other Accomplishments

Service Learning Educator of the Year award, given annually by the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group: Service Learning and Experiential Education. (2006) 

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