Barbara Lee Distinguished Chair in Women's Leadership

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About Mills College:
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

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Position Description
Mills College invites nominations and applications for the Barbara Lee Distinguished Chair in Women's Leadership within the Public Policy and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies programs. The Chair honors Congresswoman Lee, a Mills alumna, for her leadership, conviction, and courage in her national and international career. The incumbent will promote intellectual and ethical leadership, advance Mills Colleges commitment to gender and racial justice and enrich the broad life of the college community

The holder of the Chair is expected to be a recognized academic, civic leader, activist and/or social entrepreneur whose work addresses race, gender and public policy. While we are open to a broad ranges of areas of expertise, we have particular interest in candidates whose work focuses on the following areas: health, environmental justice, economic inequality, labor rights, housing, immigration, electoral politics, criminal justice, community leadership, and/or education. Candidates must be committed to quality teaching and research and to the advancement of women's education.

The distinguished Mills College Public Policy Program offers two graduate degrees (MPP, MPP/MBA), and several undergraduate majors and minors, for talented students seeking to lead change and solve the critical policy challenges of our time. Our students gain skills in policy and economic analysis, strategy, implementation, ethical leadership, and political and organizational efficacy, ultimately assuming leadership positions in government, nonprofit organizations, and business upon graduation.


  • The holder of the Chair will engage in the following activities:
  • Teach one undergraduate or graduate course per semester;
  • Serve as a mentor to scholars and students;
  • Give an informed and engaging Annual Address to the Mills Community on leadership, community service, or social engagement;
  • Expand the role and engagement of Mills and the Public Policy Program in discussions and debates on race and gender in community, local, state, and/or national affairs;
  • Assist the Public Policy Program at Mills in forming external partnerships that will benefit the College and Program.
  • Develop and implement a strategy for ongoing programming about gender, race and policy for the campus.

The successful candidate should have an earned doctorate or equivalent professional experience, and a strong record of accomplishment and leadership. Experience in a senior public sector or public policy making position is valuable, although not a requirement. This is a one or two year, non-renewable senior position and the candidate is expected to meet the standards for appointment at the academic rank of a visiting full professor.

Additional Information:

This is an exempt, full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance/403(b) retirement plan, 12 sick days and 10 paid holidays annually. Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Pet insurance, long-term care insurance and legal-assistance insurance are available as voluntary benefits.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills non-discrimination policy, please go to

Application Instructions:


Nomination submissions should include:
  • Letter describing the applicants interests and qualifications
  • Cover Letter with a Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Mills Application
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.





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Posted: 12/20/2017
Application Due: 9/28/2018
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