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Undergraduate Studies:

Graduate Studies:


Tania Mitchell

Associate Professor

178 Pillsbury Dr SE
319 Burton Hall


Office Hours:
Mondays: 2:00-4:00 p.m. and Thursdays: 1:00-2:00 p.m. or by appointment

Ed.D., University of Massachusetts, student development
Graduate Certificate, University of Massachusetts, feminist studies
M.S., Indiana University, higher education and student affairs
B.A., Baylor University, political science and communications


Areas of Interest

Community engagement and service learning
Civic identity
Social justice
Critical pedagogy
Ethical leadership Diversity and difference in higher education college student development

Fall 2016 Courses

OLPD 3380—Developing Intercultural Compentence
OLPD 5712—Multicultural Theories of College Student Development Applied to Teaching and Learning


Tania D. Mitchell is an assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. Her teaching interests include social justice theory, civic discourse, public service, leadership, college student development, action research methods, and the pedagogy, philosophy and practice of service-learning in higher education. Much of her research focuses on service-learning as a critical pedagogy to explore civic identity, social justice, student learning and development, race and racism, and community practice.

Tania came to the University of Minnesota in August 2012 from Stanford University, where she spent five years leading an innovative program-based service learning and community engagement initiative for the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. With professional experience in admissions, student activities, residential life, and academic affairs, Tania is a scholar-practitioner who has taught both undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford University, Mills College, California State University Monterey Bay, and the University of Massachusetts.

An internationally recognized scholar in service learning and community engagement, Tania was recognized with the Early Career Research Award by the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement and the American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. She is frequently invited to lecture at conferences, universities, and community organizations. Her scholarship has been published in numerous books and journals, and she is an editor of two forthcoming volumes: Cambridge Handbook of Service Learning and Community Engagement (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Civic Engagement and Community Service at Research Universities: Engaging Undergraduates for Social Justice, Social Change, and Responsible Citizenship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Selected Publications

  1. Mitchell, T. D. (2015). Identity and social action: The role of self-examination in systemic change. Diversity and Democracy, 18(4), 15-17.

  2. Donahue, D. M., Fenner, D., & Mitchell, T. D. (2015). Picturing service learning: Defining the field, setting expectations, shaping learning. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 19(4), 19-38.

  3. Soria, K. & Mitchell, T. D. (2015). Learning communities: Foundations for first-year students’ development of pluralistic outcomes. Learning Communities Research and Practice, 3(2), Article 2.

  4. Zúñiga, X., Nelson-Laird, T., & Mitchell, T. D. (2015). Preparing students for democratic citizenship in a multicultural society: Engaging diversity through Project MosaiK. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 52(3), 237-249. doi: 10.1080/19496591.2015.1035385

  5. Mitchell, T. D., Richard, F. D., Battistoni, R.. M., Rost-Banik, C., Netz, R., & Zakoske, C. (2015). Reflective practice that persists: Connections between reflection in service-learning and reflection in current life. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 21(2), 49-63.

  6. Mitchell, T. D. (2015). Using a critical service-learning approach to facilitate civic identity development. Theory Into Practice, 54(1), 20-28.

  7. Mitchell, T. D. (2014). How service-learning enacts social justice sensemakingJournal of Critical Thought and Praxis, 2(2), Article 6.

  8. Mitchell, T. D., Donahue, D. M., & Young-Law, C. (2012). Service learning as a pedagogy of whiteness. Equity and Excellence in Education, 45(4), 612-629.

  9. Mitchell, T. D. & Donahue, D. M. (2009). “I do more service in this class than I ever do at my site”: Paying attention to the reflections of students of color in service-learning. In J. Strait & M. Lima (Eds.), The future of service-learning: New solutions for sustaining and improving practice (pp. 172-190). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

  10. Mitchell, T. D. (2008). Traditional vs. critical service-learning: Engaging the literature to differentiate two models. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 14(2), 50-65.

  11. Mitchell, T. D. (2007). Critical service-learning as social justice education: A case study of the Citizen Scholars Program. Equity and Excellence in Education, 40, 101-112.

Selected Presentations

  1. Giles, D., Billig, S., McIlrath. L., & Mitchell, T. D., (2015, November). Tradition meets innovation: The past, present, and future of community engagement. Keynote address at International Conference on Research in Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE): New Orleans, LA.

  2. Mitchell, T. D., & Rost-Banik, C. (2015, November). Making the personal professional: How service-learning alumni align career and passion. International Conference on Research in Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE): Boston, MA.

  3. Mitchell, T. D., & Rost-Banik, C. (2015, April). How service-learning shapes career choice. American Educational Research Association (AERA): Chicago, IL.

  4. Mitchell, T. D. (2015, June). “Towards just relationships”: Aligning intention and action in community engaged learning. Keynote address at Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit: St. Peter, MN.

  5. Mitchell, T. D. (2015, May). Aligning intention and action in community engaged learning: Challenges to enacting a critical service learning pedagogy. Keynote Address at Ontario Faculty Institute, Centre for Community Partnerships: Toronto, ON.

  6. Mitchell, T. D. (2015, March). Living lives of commitment: The enduring influence of community engagement experiences. Keynote address at Gulf-South Summit: Little Rock, AR.

  7. Pryor, J. T., Hoffman, G., Garvey, J. C., Hart, J., Iverson, Mitchell, T. D., S., Seher, C., & Metcalfe, A. (2014, November). Beyond critical theory: Critiquing power/(Re)Visioning higher education. Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE): Washington DC.

  8. Mitchell, T. D. (2014, October). Civic identity in the real world: Preparing students for lives of service after college. Keynote address at Heartland Campus Compact Conference: Lincoln, NE.

  9. Battistoni, R., Mitchell, T. D., & Richard, D. (2014, September). Critical reflection in community engagement: The importance of reflective practice in community engagement programs. International Conference on Research in Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE): New Orleans, LA.

  10. Coll, K., & Mitchell, T. D. (2014, July). There’s no app for that: Critical service-learning in the neoliberal university. “What Went Wrong?” Reflecting and Learning From Community-Engaged Research: Minneapolis, MN.

  11. Battistoni, R., Gelmon, S., Longo, N., Mitchell, T. D.,Saltmarsh, J. (2014, January). Deepening civic learning and community engagement: Promising efforts in curriculum and student leadership development. AAC&U Annual Meeting: Washington DC.

  12. Mitchell, T. D. (2013, November). Understanding programs that facilitate civic identity development. Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE): St. Louis, MO.

  13. Battistoni, R., Keene, A., Mitchell, T. D., &Reiff, J (2013, November). Building civic identity: Understanding the impact of multi-term civic engagement programs  International Conference on Research in Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE): Omaha, NE.

  14. Brackmann, S., Dolgon, C., Hartman, E., Mitchell, T. D., & Reiff, J. (2013, November). Democratic and community engagement: A general discussion of the Neoliberal Problem. International Conference on Research in Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE): Omaha, NE.

  15. Mitchell, T. D. (2013, October). Advancing a critical service learning practice: Linking social justice and community engagement . University of San Diego: San Diego, CA.

  16. Grawe, N., & Mitchell, T. D. (2013, February). Civic learning and quantitative literacy across the curriculum. AAC&U General Education and Assessment Conference: Boston, MA.

  17. Mitchell, T. D. (2012, March). “Toward just relationships”: Responding to the challenges and opportunities of community engagement . Keynote Address at 4th Annual NYMAPS Symposium (New York Metro Area Partnership for Service Learning): New York, NY.

  18. Updated August 24, 2016