Julie Mitchell’s earliest memories are of walking with her Dad to University of Michigan chemistry labs, where he was working on his PhD. She feels at home on campuses and higher education has been a common thread in her career. Julie’s background, interests, life philosophy and purpose resonate with the mission of colleges and universities. She is an enthusiastic, lifelong teacher-learner with a reputation for bringing out the best in students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
Julie understands the multiple roles and distinct challenges of academic institutions. Because she has held full-time, part-time and consulting positions in virtually every corner of the campus, she has acquired a broad, integrated perspective. This allows her to identify opportunities and bridge differences. Julie’s experience includes over 20 years in the classroom, where she earned superior teaching evaluations. She has taught numerous courses, including Interpersonal Communication, Business and Professional Communication, Public Speaking and Interviewing.
In addition to undergraduate and graduate teaching, Julie has been engaged as a consultant to facilitate important organizational change initiatives. She has led award-winning campus-wide professional development programs, conferences, strategic planning retreats and seminars on topics ranging from grant writing to collaborative academic relationships. Her work includes partnering with human resources professionals and administrators, mentoring graduate teaching assistants, and advising student government leaders.
Julie understands traditional faculty roles in teaching, research and service. She has supported faculty growth at all career stages, coaching professors on opportunities within and beyond the academy. She sees the evolving higher education environment from a holistic, organizational development perspective. Her consulting is pragmatic and grounded in the latest, most relevant research. She assesses campus-wide, departmental, and individual resources to identify best practices and maximize results.
An established business owner with deep expertise, Julie has gained valuable leadership and management skills through challenging professional assignments. She is known for efficient, accurate needs assessment and sensitivity to issues higher education leaders face, including work/life balance, managing change, motivating diverse employees, and the stewardship of financial and human resources. She has engaged students, faculty, and staff in successful outreach projects, helping them reach beyond disciplinary, departmental or institutional boundaries.
Julie advocates excellence in higher education and has a passion for helping leading institutions become even better. She has created courses (including for academic credit), presented guest lectures, or developed customized seminars for schools including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Meredith College, Case Western Reserve University, Lake Erie College, Lakeland Community College and Cleveland State University. Early in her career, as Director of Development and Public Relations for the Ohio Humanities Council, she advised faculty at over 30 institutions, from Oberlin College to The Ohio State University.
Julie earned a bachelor’s degree with honors (Liberal Arts, communication major) from the University of Evansville, and a master’s degree from the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. She completed additional training or earned certification from well-known organizations, including the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Her research-based graduate study in organizational communication included interdisciplinary coursework in education, leadership/adult learning, and business management. She has presented her research or served as a panelist for academic conferences. Her thesis research was on midcareer professional women’s socialization into academic departments and full-time graduate study.