Todd A. DeMitchell

Master in Public Policy Faculty
Phone: (603) 862-5043
Office: Education, Morrill Hall, Durham, NH 03824
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Todd A. DeMitchell holds the position of John and H. Irene Peters Professor of Education. He is a professor in the Education Department and in the Justice Studies Program at the University of New Hampshire. He also is a faculty member for the Master in Public Policy at the Carsey School of Public Policy. Professor DeMitchell, prior to joining the faculty, served in the public schools for 18 years (elementary school teacher, principal (K-8), director of personnel & labor relations (K-12), and superintendent (K-8)). At UNH he has served as associate chair and chair of the Department of Education, coordinator of graduate studies for the Justice Studies Program, and chair of the Faculty Senate. He is currently a Faculty Fellow in the Senior Vice-Provost’s Office of Engagement and Academic Outreach where he serves as the Co-Chair of Advancing Chairs as Leaders. He received the Distinguished Professor Award, a Teaching Excellence Award, a Kimball Fellowship in the Department of Education, and was selected as the Lamberton Professor of Justice Studies. He also received the Jim Rubovitz Best Paper Award from the New England Educational Research Organization. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Trustees, New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education. And, on a side note, he was inducted into the University of La Verne Athletic Hall of Fame (linebacker, football).

Professor DeMitchell studies the legal mechanisms that impact schools and colleges. His primary focus is on education law and labor relations. He has written on free speech, tort liability, discrimination, search and seizure, school uniforms and school dress codes, as well as on reform and unionization. His eighth book on labor relations in education will be published (Rowman & Littlefield) in the late fall of 2016. He has published over 190 law review articles, peer-reviewed articles, commentaries, book reviews, and book chapters, as well as numerous policy briefs. His scholarship has been cited in court cases and in motions before state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, annotated state statutes, and major law reviews as well as major peer reviewed education journals.


  • Ed.D., Educational Admin.&Supervision, University of Southern California
  • M.A., Education, University of California - Davis
  • M.A.T., History, University of La Verne
  • B.A., History, University of La Verne

Research Interests

  • Law and labor impacts on schools and colleges

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 767: Students, Teachers, & the Law
  • EDUC 867: Students, Teachers, & the Law
  • EDUC 897: Top\Students & Higher Ed Law
  • EDUC 951: Laws&Regulations Special Educ
  • EDUC 964: Human Resources in Education
  • EDUC 967: School Law
  • EDUC 968: Collective Bargaining Pub Educ
  • EDUC 973: Policy, Politics, & Planning
  • EDUC 975: Admin Internship&Field Project

Selected Publications

DeMitchell, T. A. (2018). Educators at the Bargaining Table Successfully Negotiating a Contract That Works for All. Rowman & Littlefield.

DeMitchell, T. A., Evans, C. M., & Graham, S. (2017). Guns, Grizzlies, and Fences: Security Responses In Our Schools. Education Law Reporter, 342(1), 1.

Fossey, R., Eckes, S., & DeMitchell, T. A. (2017). "Stupid but Constitutional": Courts Continue to Limit Teacher's Curricular-Related Speech. Education Law Reporter, 342(4), 880.

DeMitchell, T. A., & Thompson, W. C. (2016). Do Not Attempt Resuscitation Orders in Our Schools: The Unthinkable Ethical Dilemma for Educators. Rutgers JL & Pub. Pol'y, 14, 287.

DeMitchell, T. A., & Thompson, W. C. (2016). When a parent directs a child not be resuscitated, what should educators do?. The Conversation, (

DeMitchell, T. A., Eckes, S., & Fossey, R. (2016). Caveat Emptor? The University Syllabus and the Marketplace of Ideas. Education Law Reporter, 336(1).

DeMitchell, T. A., & Onosko, J. J. (2016). Vergara v. State of California: The End of Teacher Tenure or a Flawed Ruling. S. Cal. Interdisc. LJ, 25, 589.

Fossey, R., DeMitchell, T. A., & Eckes, S. (2016). Does a Student Have a Constitutional Right to Criticize Lesbianism in a University Film Course? A Federal Court Says Yes.. Teachers College Record, (ID 21017).

DeMitchell, T., & Hambacher, E. (2016). Zero Tolerance, Threats of Harm, and the Imaginary Gun:" Good Intentions Run Amuck. Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, 16.

Demitchell, T. A., & Carney, J. J. (2005). Harry Potter and the Public School Library. Phi Delta Kappan, 87(2), 159-165. doi:10.1177/003172170508700212

Most Cited Publications