Assistant Adjunct Professor of Art History, Curatorial Seminar - Essential

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Assistant Adjunct Professor of Art History, Curatorial Seminar - Essential

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 has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

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

Job Description:

The Art History program at Mills welcomes applications for an adjunct instructor to teach ARTH 180H (Borders and Migration) in the spring semester, 2021. The program offers lectures and seminars in western, non-western, and modern and contemporary art. A part of the Department of Art and Visual Culture, the program is distinguished by the rich diversity of backgrounds and experiences our students bring, and by our small size, which fosters a sense of community among students, faculty and staff.

ARTH 180H is an upper division seminar open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, culminating in a virtual student-curated exhibition. It will be offered online, although we hope for one or more in-person experiences (such as field trips or studio visits) if health restrictions allow it later in the semester. We invite interested candidates to submit the materials listed below under "Application Instructions" as soon as possible. The teaching statement should briefly outline relevant courses taught, any online teaching experience, and if possible, a record of working with students to curate exhibitions.

Course Description: ARTH 180H: Borders and Migration. Students in this hands-on curatorial seminar and workshop will produce an online art exhibition about migration. Why do people migrate? Is migration a human right? To answer these questions, students will study artworks and texts that approach migration from a variety of perspectives, including its causes, history, and trajectory. To prepare for the final project, a research-based exhibition about migration, students will also be introduced to the field of curatorial studies. Class sessions will consist of lectures, group discussion, group work, and if possible, film screenings, artist studio visits, and a field trip. Spring 2021, Tuesdays, 4 - 6:30 pm

Compensation: For faculty new to Mills, compensation is $6,000 per course without a terminal degree and $6,500 per course with a terminal degree. Adjunct compensation is governed by a collective bargaining agreement and increases with seniority at Mills College.


Minimum qualifications are a Master's Degree in Art History or a closely related field. Terminal degree (Ph.D.) in Art History or a closely related field is preferred.

Additional Information:

This is an exempt, part-time position. The compensation includes state-mandated benefits including Social Security, State Disability Insurance, Workers' Compensation Insurance, Unemployment Insurance and Sick Day accrual. Employees also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts when the campus is open.

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

All positions are subject to a background check. Prior to the first date of employment, an applicant's background check must be cleared.

Application Instructions:

Click the "Apply Now" button below and follow instructions to submit the following documents:

  • Employee Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Statement
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement: Please describe your commitment to DEI. How have you worked to advance DEI in your current or previous positions? If hired at Mills, how would you contribute to the College's commitments to racial and gender justice and inclusive excellence?
  • Contact Information for 3 References

Please note that you can only upload 6 "Other" documents. You can consolidate multiple pages/documents into one file upload. The file size limit for each upload is 10Mb.

Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Posted: 1/13/2021
Application Due: 1/15/2021
Work Type: Part Time