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Mitsunori Misawa, Ph.D.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Faculty, Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling
Mitsunori Misawa, Ph.D. is a graduate faculty member of the Adult Learning PhD program and the EdPsych Online Master’s program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is also the co-coordinator of the EdPsych Online Master’s program and the coordinator of the Qualitative Research Methods in Education Graduate Certificate program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition, Dr. Misawa also serves as a co-chair of the Chancellor’s Commission for LGBT People at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is also the founder and chair of the Bullying, Incivility, and Violence Pre-Conference for the Adult Education Research Conference.

Dr. Misawa received his Ph.D. in Adult Education and an Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies Graduate Certificate from the University of Georgia in 2009. He also received his M.Ed. in Adult Education (Curriculum and Instruction) in 2004 and his B.A. in Economics (International Business and Trade) in 2002 from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Dr. Misawa’s major areas of research center on social justice and encompass the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexual orientation, academic and workplace bullying, policy and leadership studies, program evaluation, human resource and organizational development, and social sciences research methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods). Recently, he co-edited a special academic journal issue for Adult Learning focused on academic bullying and incivility in adult, higher, continuing, and professional education. His scholarship has been widely published and is well recognized by national and international scholarly communities.

Prior to working at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Dr. Misawa was a doctoral faculty member and the Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Memphis, an assistant professor at the University of Georgia where he taught a doctoral qualitative research methods course, and the Director of Training and Staff Development at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, GA where he developed and evaluated policy training programs for medical doctors, nurses, and administrators. He was also a policy researcher there and developed and conducted quantitative and mixed methods policy studies.