Reagan Patrick Mitchell

Reagan Patrick Mitchell is an Associate Professor of Humanities. He joined UNCSA's Division of Liberal Arts faculty after teaching humanities at Colgate University and Louisiana State University, and saxophone and jazz at the University of Northern Colorado. The merger of Mitchell's formal training and performance as a musician and pedagogical training as a curriculum theorist has an intrinsically interdisciplinary feel. Through his expanded course of study, Mitchell has laid the foundation for a program of research on the cultural and historical influences of race, space, gentrification, auditory architecture and communal wisdom on education. His scholarship brings together curriculum theory, ethnic studies, Black diaspora studies, critical race theory, critical geography and sound studies.


  • Former Visiting Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, Colgate University, 2017-2019

Career Highlights

  • Mitchell is widely published in academic journals including the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook and the International Journal of Curriculum and Social Justice.
  • As a saxophonist, Mitchell has performed in New Orleans, Nashville, and other locations in Louisiana, Tennessee, Colorado, New York, Ohio and South Carolina along with recording as a soloist, composer/arranger and accompanying musician

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • A. Lindsay O’Connor Endowed Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Colgate University, 2018-2019
  • Graduate Publication on the Year in the Louisiana State University School of Education, 2015-2016
  • University Council for Educational Administration Barbara L. Jackson Scholar, 2011
  • Detroit Music Award, 2005
  • Outstanding Soloist, University of Louisville Jazz Festival, 2004
  • Outstanding Achievement in Saxophone Performance Award, Middle Tennessee State University, 2003
  • Finalist, Middle Tennessee State University Concerto Competition, 2003


  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (JCT)


PhD Curriculum and InstructionLouisiana State University

EdS Curriculum and InstructionLouisiana State University

MM Jazz StudiesUniversity of Northern Colorado

BM Jazz StudiesMiddle Tennessee State University