Distinguished Visiting Professor of Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Part Time

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September 27 2018
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Full Time
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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 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 https://www.mills.edu/

Job Description:

Mills College Biology Department invites applications for an 18 month endowed position as a Distinguished Visiting Professor from January 2019 through May 2020. We seek a Developmental Genetics professor and STEM networker who is committed to breaking barriers for women and underrepresented students. The Chan-Norris Professorship is designed to provide excellent teaching, and to enhance the exposure of our students to careers, networks, and opportunities beyond what is normally housed at Mills. The selected candidate will teach one undergraduate course per semester: Developmental Biology in Spring 2019 and Genetics in Fall 2019. The selected candidate will also coordinate and promote a speaker series that brings prominent STEM professionals from a variety of fields to campus.

From gateway courses, to major declaration, to graduation, to employment opportunities, women, and women of color in particular, remain underrepresented in STEM. STEM programs at Mills College are intentionally inclusive and strengthened by close student-faculty relationships and small class sizes. Our Biology program is designed to increase student persistence with a "high expectations, high support" model. At Mills, students work alongside faculty mentors and role models, learn how scientists are breaking barriers of gender and race, and become change-makers transforming their fields.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences, with a successful record of scholarly achievement and demonstrated leadership and organizational abilities. Applicants will need to demonstrate excellence in teaching in higher education, including experience in active learning and pedagogical innovation as well as a clear commitment to working in and to preparing students for work in urban and multicultural contexts

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 Days. 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 https://inside.mills.edu/administration/administrative_offices/policies/nondiscrimination.php.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit the following at https://mills.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=102528

  • Cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of excellence in teaching, including teaching evaluations,
  • Names and contact information for three references.


Application review will begin October 15, 2018. However, applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Inquiries may be addressed to jyoung@mills.edu.

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