Robert Mitchell, PhD

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Robert Mitchell, PhD

Assistant Professor, Doctoral Program Coordinator
Leadership, Research, and Foundations
Columbine Hall 3055

Biographical Information

Dr. Mitchell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations (LRF) at UCCS. He has a background in k-12 education as a classroom teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and has served as a governmental administrator in Massachusetts and with the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Dr. Mitchell received his Ph.D. in Global Education from The Ohio State University. At UCCS, he focuses on global rural education, and is active in research and the development of legislation in support of teacher recruitment and retention in remote locations. In addition to facilitating courses in the LRF department, he also teaches classes within the Department of Teaching and Learning's educator preparation program at UCCS and is a volunteer instructor at the Campo School District in extreme southeastern Colorado. He has presented at academic conferences in Australia, the United States, Morocco, Iran, Egypt, Brunei, and Bahrain, and continues to focus on challenges related to rural education across the globe. His recent work has been published in The Rural Educator, Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, American School Board Journal, and Action in Teacher Education.


Ph.D. Global Education The Ohio State University - 2013  

M.A., History Northeastern University - 2001  

B.S., Journalism University of Colorado Boulder - 1992


  • LEAD 6050 Financing Schools and Programs
  • LEAD 5170 Collaborative Leadership for Equity and Community Outreach
  • LEAD 8350 Economics of Education


Cristol, D., Mitchell, R., Burbidge, J. & Choi, M.  Using Student School Data to Understand Mobile Learning.  In Aimee Zhang (Ed.) Handbook of Mobile Teaching and Learning.  New York: Springer.  2015.

Teaching Global Perspectives In the United States: Paradoxes in Responding to a Globally Connected World. In Annette Scheunpflug (Ed.), Politische Bildung in der Weltgesellschaft - Herausforderungen, Positionen, Kontroversen. German Federal Agency for Civic Education. 2012. Co-author with Merry Merryfield.  

Cristol, D., Mitchell, R., & Gimbert, B. (2010). Citizenship Education: A Historical Perspective (1951-Present). Action in Teacher Education, 32(4), 61-82.  

Selected Presentations

Middle School Career and Technical Education Symposium.  Topic: Importance of Foundational Development in Colorado Education.  February 22, 2017.  

Colorado Association of School Executives.  Annual Conference.  Topic: Creative Recruitment and Retention of Educators in Colorado.  June 29, 2016.

Presenter: Africa - New Perspectives; 1st International Conference. Cairo University.  Topic: Patterns and Themes of African Education in the American Educational System.  26 May, 2016.  

Invited Speaker.  The 11th Tellsi International Conference.  Topic: The Future Kingdom - Global Education & The Saudi Perspective.  October 31, 2013.  Tabaran Institute of Higher Education.  Mashhad, Islamic Republic of Iran.