An affiliate faculty member for the School of Education’s Department of Counseling and Special Education, Dr. Wanda Mitchell also serves as special assistant to the president for strategic initiatives and collaborations, which promotes bringing together internal and external stakeholders in meaningful, productive engagement that expand and deepen our institutional expertise.
Mitchell’s research interests and teaching are in the areas of counseling diverse populations, excellence and diversity in higher education, women’s leadership development and career development for women. She has published in higher educational journals as well as presented topics of professional interest at conferences, educational institutions and community fora.
Mitchell has spent more than three decades in various teaching and administrative positions in higher education, and has membership in various professional associations including the Board of Directors of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence, and faculty for the Higher Education Resource Services Leadership Institute.
In her spare time, Mitchell serves on community boards and volunteers with local civic and church organizations. Organization she has served in this capacity inlucde the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, ROSMY and Leadership Metro Richmond.
Mitchell earned her Ed.D. in counseling from The College of William and Mary, her M.A. in community agency counseling from Hampton University, and her B.S. in psychology from Georgia Southern University. She holds a certificate in professional coaching from the University of New Hampshire.