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Joshua Mitchell

Title: Assistant Scientist III
Department: School of Education

Office: E006 Lagomarcino 901 Stange Rd, Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 6234
Email: jjm1@iastate.edu

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Research interests

College student mental health and well-being

College student learning and development outcomes

Perceptions of campus climates and their affect on student outcomes

Academic support services and learning assistance in higher education

Educational development initiatives to enhance teaching and learning

Institutional research and effectiveness


Joshua is the project manager and co-PI with Robert Reason for two national studies housed in the Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE), a unit of the School of Education at Iowa State University. The Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory (PSRI) and the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI), respectively, focus on (a) the influences of students' perceptions of campus climate for personal and social responsibility on their learning and development outcomes and (b) the influences of learning environments and experiences on students' global learning and development.  He is also the project manager and co-PI with Robert Reason on the Global Century Project, a federally-funded three-year grant, focused on the effects of education abroad experiences on institutional and student outcomes.

Joshua has experience with scale development, survey research, quantitative data analysis, data visualization, institutional research, and educational and program development. He has published in the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of College and Character, Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

See Joshua's work or connect with him on Research Gate, LinkedIn, Google Scholar, and Digital Repository @ Iowa State University.


Ph.D. Education, Iowa State University, 2016
M.A. Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, Ball State University, 2011
B.S. Journalism, Ball State University, 2008

Current Projects

Iowa State University Senior Administrator: 5-Year Reviews
Department of Agronomy: Curriculum Assessment and Outcomes Alignment Study
Department of Animal Science: Transfer Student Experience Study
Global Century Project
Global Perspective Inventory
Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory

Courses Taught

RESEV 552: Basic Educational Statistics (3 credit hours; graduate course; Fall 2017)
RESEV 570: Surveys in Educational Research (3 credit hours; graduate course; Spring 2018)


Currey, C. J., Vanderzanden, A. M., & Mitchell, J. J. (2018). Increasing student awareness and understanding of food security by integrating a service-learning project into an undergraduate hydroponic food production course. HortTechnology, 28, 543-547. doi: 10.21273/horttech04034-18

Genareo, V. R., Mitchell, J. J., Geisinger, B. N., & Kemis, M. R. (2016). University science partnerships: What happens to STEM interest and confidence in middle school and beyond? K-12 STEM Education Journal, 2, 117-127.

Mitchell, J. J. (2016). Assessing and predicting college students' mental health (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (ProQuest No. 10245366).

Mitchell, J. J., & Gansemer-Topf, A. M. (2016). Academic coaching and self-regulation: Promoting the success of students with disabilities. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 29, 249-256.

Mitchell, J. J., Gillon, K. E., Reason, R. D., & Ryder, A. J. (2016). Improving student outcomes through peer-to-peer discussion. Journal of College Student Development, 57, 316-320. doi: 10.1353/csd.2016.0037

Mitchell, J. J., Reason, R. D., Hemer, K. M., & Finley, A. (2016). Perceptions of campus climates for civic learning as predictors of college students' mental health. Journal of College and Character, 17, 40-52. doi: 10.1080/2194587X.2015.1125367

Ryder, A. J., Reason, R. D., Mitchell, J. J., Gillon, K. E., & Hemer, K. M. (2016). Climate for learning and students' openness to diversity and challenge: A critical role for faculty. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 9, 339-352. doi: 10.1037/a0039766

Mitchell, J. J., & Ryder, A. J. (2013). Developing and using dashboard indicators in student affairs assessment. In J. H. Schuh (Ed.) New Directions for Student Services (No. 142), Selected contemporary assessment issues (pp. 71-81). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Ryder, A. J., & Mitchell, J. J. (2013). Measuring campus climate for personal and social responsibility. In R. D. Reason (Ed.) New Directions for Higher Education (No. 164), Developing and assessing personal and social responsibility in college (pp. 31-48). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.