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Dr. Star Mitchell, Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Director

Recently relocating to Texas, Dr. Mitchell brings over 30 years of experience in nursing education, critical care nursing, and educational leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida; a Master of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina; and a PhD in nursing science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her doctoral studies she received the Jane Winningham Smith Endowed Doctoral Scholarship in Cardiovascular Nursing and completed a National Institute of Health T32 Pre-doctoral fellowship on Interventions to Prevent/Manage Chronic Illness. Her research interests focus on relationships between socially contextual meanings and health behaviors, social determinants of health in underserved populations, and end of life decision making in critical care patients with poor prognoses. Dr. Mitchell’s use of photovoice and other qualitative methods of inquiry give voice to her research participants and provide unique pictures of the many disproportioned challenges affecting health behaviors in underserved populations. As department chair of nursing within a community college, she brings experience in nursing education administration, curriculum design, and a deep commitment to nursing education that utilizes creative venues. She has current clinical experience in a Level I Trauma center and maintains current national certification in critical care nursing (CCRN).  Her professional memberships include the American Public Health Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, and Southern Nursing Research Society.

  • Exploring the Efficacy of Referral Letters in a Type 2 Diabetes Screening Program in Texas; REP grant funded (Dr. Star Mitchell is the primary investigator and Dr. Melinda Hester is the co-investigator)
  • Effects of Educational Attainment on Administrative Disciplinary Actions Taken Against Nursing Licenses; (Danielle Green, criminal justice graduate student at Texas State University, is the primary investigator; Dr. Melinda Hester is the co-investigator; Dr. Star Mitchell and Dr. Shuying Sun are key personnel)