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James M. Mitchell, PhD Faculty Profile

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James  M.  Mitchell, PhD


Department of Teacher Education

Dr. James M. Mitchell is Professor of Teacher Education and has been a member of the CSUEB Teacher Education faculty since 2002.  He is the Director of the Single Subject Credential Online Program that launched in June 2019.  Dr. Mitchell teaches Foundations of Education, Technology in Education and Professional Responsibilities. His research focuses on technology in teacher education,  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. Presently, Dr. Mitchell is part of a seven-person team that is collaborating on a project to teach Social Studies using STEM and other subjects, specifically as such teaching relates to Civil Rights. His work focuses on "access for all" in today's political and socio-cultural climate.

A strong advocate for online instruction, Dr. Mitchell is certified in Quality Matters (QM), a national online course certification program, and the CSU online course certification program: Quality Online Teaching (QOLT). He has taught in the CSUEB Online Teaching and Learning program and has co-developed an online course in HIV/AIDS education that has been used by over 1000 Teacher Leaders and k-12 administrators worldwide. For the 2016-17 academic year, Dr. Mitchell served as Special Consultant / Interim Area Director - Northern Region, to the CalState TEACH program. From 01/08 through 12/08 Dr. Mitchell chaired the Teacher Education Department. He also has served 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 earned their State of California teaching credential. Since 2014, Dr. Mitchell has served and continues to serve as a member of the CSUEB Information Technology Advisory Committee.Other University service includes chairing the University Tenure and Promotion (UTP) committee (2018-19), serving as a member of the Academic Senate Executive Committee (2008-09, 2009-10, 20015-16, and will serve in 2019-20), as well as other department, college and university oversight committees.

Dr. Mitchell is also active with AERA (the American Educational Research Association), founding the Special Interest Group: Democratic Citizenship in Education in 2003 and serving as either Chair or Program Chair until 2018. He also has chaired the AERA Special Interest Group: Service Learning and Experiential Education (2002-2006). Dr. Mitchell 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 the Alameda Community Learning Center and the Nea Community Learning Center. Currently, Dr. Mitchell serves as a delagate to the Alameda Labor Council.

A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, Dr. Mitchell is an ardent fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. He has held season tickets to the Minnesota Vikings since his graduate school days at UMN, and he lives in the East Bay area. His daughter is also a college graduate of the CSU system. 

Focus on democratic citizenship in education as related to technology in education, cooperative learning, conflict resolution and HIV/AIDS education.

  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota
  • M. Ed. University of Massachusettts Boston
  • MA Boston College
Spring Semester 2020
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
TED 52901Professionalism in EdARRWEB-ONLINEOnline Campus
TED 52902Professionalism in EdARRWEB-ONLINEOnline Campus
TED 57615SSSS Fieldwork Sem IIARRWEB-ONLINEOnline Campus
TED 58615SSSS Field Place IIARRWEB-ONLINEOnline Campus

 Selected Publications:


         Pryor, C.P, Alexander, E., Johnson, C., Mitchell, J., Teaching Critical Themes in American History, New York, Peter Lang



Mitchell, J., “There’s an App for that in Citizenship Education”; Learning for Democracy: An International Journal of Thought and Practice, (Winter 2015, Vol. IV iii).




Mitchell, J., “Schools for Tomorrow: Citizens for Today”, Learning for Democracy: An International Journal of Thought and Practice, (Spring 2013, Vol. II iv).





Mitchell, J., Ramirez-Marrero, F., and Hooks, M.Y. (Winter 2006) “Teaching About HIVIAIDS through Online Education”. Academic Exchange Quarterly (February 2007)



Mitchell.). (2006) Building Trust in the AIDS Education Classroom" In Humanizing Pedagogy through HIV and AIDS Prevention. Boulder-London: Paradigm Publishers invited chapter.


Mitchell, J., Ramirez-Marero, F., and Hooks, M.Y. (2006)Preparing teachers as prevention agents: An online learning course”, ln Humanizing Pedagogy through HIV and AIDS Prevention. Boulder-London: Paradigm Publishers - invited chapter. 2003


 "SOAR 2 College", Mitchell, J.M.  James, L., Essig, B., Educational Leadership, Vol. 61, 1, September 2003.


"The Impact of Academic Controversy on Subsequent Conflict Resolution Relationships among Students", Journal of Educational   Research. (13, 1) 73-84. Mitchell, J; Johnson D & R. Johnson (2003) 

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

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


AERA Special Interest Group: Democratic Citizenship in Education  Award 2013-14
AERA Special Interest Group: Service Learning and Experiential Education Award:


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