As a native of San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Karl Mitchell began his academic journey studying criminal justice as an undergraduate at The University of Texas San Antonio. After graduation, he transitioned to Norwich University, where he gained an interest in national and international issues, subsequently earning a master's degree in diplomacy and international conflict management. He also sought to become a licensed professional counselor, attending Texas A&M University-San Antonio to earn a second master's degree in counseling and guidance before achieving a Doctorate in Counselor Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Mitchell wields more than 15 years of experience working within the mental health field, serving clients and communities from various populations. He aims to establish interventions for quality care of clients, communities and treatments to help eliminate misdiagnosis. As an assistant professor, he seeks to synthesize teaching, counseling and service with qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research design. He is also interested in establishing a center for global service-learning and a global service-learning, wellness and justice institute.
A Conversation with Dr. Mitchell
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
Why not attend A&M-Commerce? There's great leadership, faculty and staff. Many of the programs rank among the best in the nation. If—after touring the campus and reviewing your program of interest—you think A&M-Commerce is a great fit and has all the qualities you want in a university, apply!
What draws you to your discipline?
As a counselor educator and professional counselor, I'm able to work toward the betterment and advancement of our schools, communities, and society.
Tell us about a project you are currently working on or recently completed.
I recently submitted a manuscript to the American Counseling Association‘s Counselor Education and Supervision journal, which is being considered for publication. If accepted, this will be my first journal article as an assistant professor at A&M-Commerce. The title of the article is Developing Multicultural Competence and Social Justice Advocacy with Service-Learning Pedagogy.
- Ph.D., Counselor Education, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 2023
- M.A., Counseling and Guidance, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, 2019
- M.A., Diplomacy, Norwich University, 2017
- B.A., Criminal Justice, The University of Texas San Antonio, 2005
Awards and Honors
- Emerging Leaders Program, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2020-2022
- Student Research Grant, Service-Learning in Counselor Education, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 2021-2022
- Islander Leadership Scholarship, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 2021-2022
- Service-learning in counselor education
- Social justice advocacy
- Globalization of counseling
- Multicultural counseling
- Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
- Association for Specialists in Group Work
- Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
- Texas Counseling Association