Current Research and Academic Interests
My primary areas of interest for teaching and research are application of statistics to the study of schools and populations, social science research methodology, educational policy analysis and evaluation, school segregation and tracking and the assessment of academic achievement.
Personal highlights of my professional career include serving as an expert in the cases of Williams v. State of California (multi-track year-round calendar) and Boltz v. Buena Vista (demographics of deafness), editing "Testing Deaf Students in an Age of Accountability" with Robert C. Johnson (published in 2008), serving as a consultant to the Educational Testing Service for the development of appropriate statewide assessments for deaf and hard of hearing students and advising graduate students on their research here at the University of Redlands, as well as Gallaudet University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Riverside.
Courses Taught at Redlands
- EDUG 401
- EDUC 603
- EDUC 637
- EDUC 841
- Quantitative Research Methods Workshop Series
- Doctor of Philosophy, Education (Administration & Policy), University of California, Riverside, 2001
- Professional Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, Physical Sciences, University of California, Riverside, and State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 1993
- Master of Science, Physical Chemistry, The University of Chicago, 1989
- Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, University of California, Riverside, 1986
Previous Teaching Experience
- Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, Fall 2004; Department of Social Work, Spring 2003
- Science Teacher, Pacific High School (1992-1994 & 1995-1997), Serrano Middle School (1994-1995), San Bernardino City Unified School District, San Bernardino, California, 1992-1997
- Science Teacher, Westbury Senior High School, Houston Independent School District, Houston, Texas, 1991-1992
- Instructor (Long-term substitute), Science Department, Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, Fall 1990
Previous Relevant Work Experience
- Senior Research Scientist, Program, Policy, and Population Studies (PPPS), Gallaudet Research Institute, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, 2006-2007
- Research Scientist II, Gallaudet Research Institute, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, 2001-2006
- Research Fellow (Postgraduate Researcher VI), California Educational Research Cooperative, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside, 1997-2001
- Curriculum Coordinator, CPEC Eisenhower Summer Institute for American Indians, University of California, Riverside, 1997 (California Educational Research Cooperative in conjunction with Sherman Indian High School, Riverside, California)
Major Awards and Grants Received
- Texas Education Agency
Title: Texas Survey of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Youth
Role: Project Coordinator
Award Date: September 1, 2006
Award Period: 12 months
- NSF Catalyst Grant Number SBE-0350277
Title: Science of Learning Center on Mathematics and Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Learners
Role: Sub-Contract Co-Principal Investigator (PI: Ronald R. Kelly, PhD, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology; Sub-Contract PI: Michael Karchmer, PhD, Gallaudet University
Award Date: September 1, 2004
Award Period: 18 months
Significant Publications and Presentations
Mitchell, R. E., & Karchmer, M. A. (2010, in press). "Demographic and achievement characteristics of deaf and hard of hearing students." In M. Marschark & P. E. Spencer (Eds.), Oxford handbook of deaf studies, language, and education (vol. 1, revised ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.
Mitchell, D. E., Batie, M., & Mitchell, R. E. (2009, in press). "The contributions of school desegregation to housing integration: Case studies in two large urban areas." Urban Education.
Johnson, R. C., & Mitchell, R. E. (Eds.). (2008). "Testing deaf students in an age of accountability." Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.
Qi, S., & Mitchell, R. E. (2007, April 10). "Large-scale academic achievement testing of deaf and hard-of-hearing students: Past, present, and future." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Illinois.
Mitchell, R. E., Young, T. A., Hochgesang, J., Bachleda, B., & Karchmer, M. A. (2007, March 2). "Relationship between mathematics test item difficulty and English text for deaf and hard of hearing students: A technical report." (NSF Science of Learning Center Catalyst Grant Number SBE-0350277.) Gallaudet Research Institute, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.
Mitchell, R. E., & Karchmer, M. A. (2006). "Stanford Achievement Test." In N. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Measurement & Statistics (pp. 949-950). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Mitchell, R. E., & Karchmer, M. A. (2006). "Demographics of deaf education: More students in more places." American Annals of the Deaf, 151(2), 95-104.
Mitchell, R. E., Young, T. A., Bachleda, B., & Karchmer, M. A. (2006). "How many people use ASL in the United States? Why estimates need updating." Sign Language Studies, 6(3), 306-335.
Mitchell, R. E. (2006). "How many deaf people are there in the United States? Estimates from the Survey of Income and Program Participation." Journal of Deaf Studies & Deaf Education, 11(1), 112-119.
Mitchell, R. E. (2006). Comments on “W(h)ither the Deaf Community?: A normalization juggernaut?" Sign Language Studies, 6(2), 210-219.
Mitchell, R. E., & Mitchell, D. E. (2005). "Student segregation and achievement tracking in year-round schools." Teachers College Record, 107(4), 529-562.
Mitchell, R. E., & Karchmer, M. A. (2005). "Parental hearing status and signing among deaf and hard of hearing students." Sign Language Studies, 5(2), 83-96.
Mitchell, R. E. (2004). "National profile of deaf and hard of hearing students in special education from weighted survey results." American Annals of the Deaf, 149(4), 336-349.
Mitchell, R. E., & Karchmer, M. A. (2004). "When parents are deaf vs. hard of hearing: Patterns of sign use and school placement of deaf and hard-of-hearing children." Journal of Deaf Studies & Deaf Education, 9(2), 133-152.
Mitchell, R. E., & Karchmer, M. A. (2004). "Chasing the mythical ten percent: Parental hearing status of deaf and hard of hearing students in the United States." Sign Language Studies, 4(2), 138-163.
Mitchell, D. E., & Mitchell, R. E. (2003). "The political economy of education policy: The case of class size reduction." Peabody Journal of Education, 78(4), 120-152.
Mitchell, R. E. (2002, September 25). "Segregation in California’s K-12 public schools: Biases in implementation, assignment, and achievement with the multi-track year-round calendar." (Expert report prepared for plaintiffs’ counsel, Eliezer Williams, et al. v. State of California, et al., filed October 10, 2002). Case No. 312236, Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco, San Francisco, California.
Mitchell, D. E., & Mitchell, R. E. (2001, April 14). "Competing explanations of class size reduction effects: The California case." Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, Washington (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED462735).
Mitchell, R. E. (2000, August 14). "Early elementary class size reduction: A neo-institutional analysis of the social, political, and economic influences on state-level policymaking." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Washington, DC (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED466008).
Belkacem, A., Kanter, E. P., Mitchell, R. E., Vager, Z., & Zabransky, B. J. (1989). Measurement of the ultrashort bond length in He2++. Physical Review Letters, 63(23), 2555-2558.
- American Educational Research Association
- American Sociological Association Association for
- Public Policy Analysis and Management