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Visiting Assistant Professor of Education - Essential

Mills College
Oakland, CA
Closing date
Jul 26, 2021

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Category:: Faculty
Locations:: Oakland, CA
Posted:: May 24, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Exempt
Position ID:: 131406

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 School of Education (SOE) at Mills College has a long history of commitment to the community's children. In fact, in 1926, Mills became the first college west of the Mississippi to open a Children's Laboratory School and continues to over a wide range of undergraduate and graduate academic programs and certifications in educator preparation, leadership, and related fields. Currently, the School of Education maintains important collaborative arrangements with neighboring school districts, including Oakland Unified School District and hosts a range of grants-funded programming centered on closing the opportunity gap for diverse youth and inquiry-based work with educators to deepen and extend their teaching practice in a range of settings.

Department: The Educational Leadership department at Mills College is pleased to announce an opportunity for a Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Position Description:
This position will entail serving as director of the EdD program, serving as faculty adviser of the online master's degree program in educational leadership, teaching 3-4 courses per year--depending on dissertation chairing load; and chairing doctoral dissertations for the EdD program in educational leadership. In addition, this position will include providing academic advising to students, serving as a second or third member on dissertation committees, participation in departmental meetings and service to the department, School of Education or Mills College.


Minimum Qualifications: An earned PhD or EdD in education. Teaching experience at the graduate level and experience supporting doctoral candidates through all aspects of their dissertation including participation in qualifying exam hearings, dissertation proposal hearings, feedback on the dissertation introduction chapter, conceptual frameworks, literature reviews, research methodologies--particularly qualitative research, data collection and analysis, drawing research findings and research-based recommendations.

Preferred Qualifications: Scholarship expertise in two or more of the following areas: critical pedagogy, critical race theory, feminist theory, queer theory, Black critical theory, critical Indigenous epsitemologies, Latinx critical theory, Asian critical theory, critical disability theory, critical youth studies or qualitative research methodologies.

Compensation: Salary is $65,000 per year.

Additional Information:

This is an exempt, full-time salaried adjunct 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.

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
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement describing your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), including how you have worked to advance DEI in your current or previous positions and how you would contribute to Mills College's commitment to racial and gender justice and inclusive excellence
  • Names and contact information for three 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.


Working at Mills College

Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society.

Mills encourages openness to experimentation in the context of established academic disciplines. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues, provide an understanding of the natural world, and enhance opportunities for women in their developing roles throughout society. The curriculum combines traditional liberal arts with new educational initiatives that recognize the value of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity.

Inspired by a teaching philosophy that grows out of its longstanding dedication to women’s education, Mills provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth.

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