Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5283 USA
- Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Central Michigan University, 2008
- M.A., Educational Administration, Central Michigan University, 2004
- B.S., Information Technology, Central Michigan University, 2001
- A.S., Computer Science, Mid Michigan Community College, 2008
Dr. Garza Mitchell is a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology. Her specialty areas are higher education leadership and qualitative methods. She teaches the qualitative research methods and qualitative practicum courses in addition to courses on higher education governance, organizational change, adult learning and others. Her research interests include organizational change, leadership, and technology in higher education, primarily in a community college setting, and teaching and learning qualitative methods. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education and Improving Undergraduate STEM Education programs. She earned the 2015 WMU College of Education and Human Development Tate Center Emerging Scholar Award and the 2019 Council for the Study of Community Colleges Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award. She serves on the editorial boards for Community College Review, Innovative Higher Education, New Directions for Community Colleges, and the Journal About Women and Gender in Higher Education.