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Daniel Mitchell

USA

Qualifications:

College /University Degrees

CLAREMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY [2012]

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies

 

ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY [2020]

Master of Arts Degree in Egyptology

 

CLAREMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY [2008]

Master of Arts Degree in Educational Studies

 

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES [2000]

Master of Arts Degree in History

 

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES [1997]

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Ethnic Studies (African American)

 

HOLLINS UNIVERSITY [Summer 2022 Graduate]

Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and Film Studies

 

Certifications

 

TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE [2015]

Certificate in Online Instructor Certification Program

 

INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE OF TEACHER SCHOLARS ACADEMIC BOOTCAMP [2012]

Certificate in Course Design

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES [2008]

Certificate in Screenwriting (Film)

 

CLAREMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY [2008]

Certificate in Africana Studies              

 

 CLAREMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY [2008]

 Certificate in Preparing Future Faculty Course Design in Higher Education

 

NTERNATIONAL TEFL CORPORATION [2012]

Online Instructor Certification Program

TEFL Certificate

 

AMERICAN HEALTH AND LIFE FOUNDATION [2010]

Certified in Basic First Aid and Adult/Child/Infant

 

WATTERSON COLLEGE [1986]

Certificate in Paralegal Studies

 

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHRIDGE [2003-04]

Graduate Pan African Studies Classes (2) 6 Units

Comparative Urban Experience; Black Aesthetic & Political Economy

Professional Achievements & Experience:

Professional Affiliations

International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

United Kingdom College of Teachers

American Education Research Association

Association for the Study of Higher Education

Faculty Association of California Community Colleges

American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations

National Council of Black Studies

Phi Alpha Theta

Golden Key National Honor Society

 

Publications, Etc.

Dissertation

Mitchell, Daniel E., "Say It Loud: An Action Research Project Examining the Afrivisual and Africology, Looking for Alternative African American Community College Teaching Strategies" (2012). CGU Theses & Dissertations. Paper 31. http://scholarship.claremont.edu/cgu_etd/31

Book

Mitchell, D.E. (2014). Finding your benben stone: And building your great pyramid of success. Bloomington, IN: Balboa Press.

Peer Reviewed

 

Mitchell, D.E. (October 2018). Say It Loud: An Action Research Project Examining the Afrivisual and Africology, Looking for Alternative African American Community College Teaching Strategies. Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies, 12(4), 364-487. http//: www.jpanafrican.org/vol12no4.htm

 

Reviewer of Academic Journal

The Journal of Negro Education

International Conference on Business and Industrial Research (2018)

 

 

CONFERENCES

Presenter

 

First Conference on Sustainability (Zhuhai, China) Nov. 2017 “Sustainability Challenges: A Review of Visual Arts-based Inquiry, Action Research, and Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies.” 

 

Consciousness, Science, Technology, and Society Conference (Shanghai, China) Oct. 2017 “Intuition and Ancient Cosmological Thought: A Message of Guided Book Writing.”

 

Lilly West Conference (Pomona, California, USA) March 2012 “The Visual-Arts-based Tradition:  Exploring Mediums for Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies.

 

Claremont Graduate University Razor Edge Conference (Claremont, California, USA) April 2011 “George Washington, African American Students and Culturally Relevant Curriculum.”


Approach to Teaching & Learning:
 

My educational philosophy has developed over fourteen years of teaching experience.   As I look back on my beliefs regarding teaching and learning, I understand that my mission as an educator is threefold:

  • to promote positive learning;

  • to ignite learner motivation for learning;

  • and to provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

To reach this goal, I enjoy using a learning-centered teaching strategy in my classes which includes a triangulated pedagogical/andragogical structure.  I encourage students to read the assigned textbook(s) /workbooks /readings as independent study.  My courses are visual arts-based especially since research shows that many students are visual learners, so I place emphasis on PowerPoints, clips of films, documentaries, etc., as part of the course curricula.  I also want students to experience my course in the most conducive manner so that the process of learning is effectuated at the highest levels, especially so that the history class will not be seen as boring, but rather as enlightened.  To bring this process into reality I utilize lecture-based storytelling to perk interest within the students.

I make sure that communication is established and maintained with the students throughout the duration of the course. To accomplish this end, I make sure that my teaching goals are clearly defined and that I repeat them often so that students fully understand my teaching strategy and style to help them in the most effective manner to critically examine and learn.  I also make sure that my students are aware of their learning experience at every juncture of the course whether they are listening to and reading text, listening to a lecture, and or to be engaged in small group discussions, etc.  In addition, I seek to clearly present to my students the learning objectives/student learning outcomes that will succinctly define, explain, illustrate and identify various aspects of the course. 

It is my firm belief that one is able to use a variety of choices to properly determine and understand course content among different groups of learners.  Thus I have incorporated use of a solid foundation in assessment fundamentals, from alternative kinds of assessment (rubrics, checklists, group projects, portfolios, performance/diagnostic checks, research papers, PowerPoint presentations, etc.) to traditional exams/test formats.

 My adhering to the basic principles of my educational teaching philosophy has caused me to develop my overall teaching strategies to foster effective classroom learning and student retention.  More importantly, I have found that, by exuding my zeal for teaching and student learning, and using these principles with keen interest and excitement draws unto learners.  Such a reality is that teaching with clearness, passion, compassion, genuine enthusiasm, affects the experience of learners, while tying them to their zeal and life learning pursuit.


Hobbies:

Beach bike-riding; traveling; dining at fine restaurants; reading books; listening to classical, blues, jazz, rock and roll, and old school rhythm and blues music; watching classic movies; playing bluesy guitar.