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Dr. Kimberley L. PhillipsMills Provost Sandra Greer
Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Kimberley L. Phillips began serving as provost and dean of the faculty at Mills College on July 1, 2013. Phillips came to Mills from City University of New York, where she was the founding dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of history. While overseeing 207 full-time faculty and more than 900 adjuncts, she provided advocacy for faculty and support for resources. Her notable accomplishments include work on curricular innovation and assessment programs, interdisciplinary programs, and faculty governance.

As a scholar of African American and 20th-century US history, her most recent award-winning publication, War, What Is It Good For? Black Freedom Struggles and the U.S. Military from World War II to Iraq, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2012. Phillips is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Her numerous fellowships and awards include selection as a fellow of the Charles Warren Center for American History at Harvard University.

As a faculty member at the College of William and Mary for nearly 15 years, Phillips advanced through numerous administrative positions. She was director of American studies and worked to stabilize funding for graduate students and globalize the curriculum, ultimately leading the program into the top-ten rankings. In addition, she served as Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings associate professor of history and American studies for several years. Phillips served for two years as dean for educational policy in the Arts and Sciences Program. In that role she oversaw undergraduate curriculum, student research, the Study Abroad Program, and the Freshman Writing Seminar. As dean of eight academic departments, Phillips played significant roles in strategic planning efforts, administration, and fundraising for various programs.

Phillips holds a bachelor of arts in history from the University of California, San Diego, as well both a master and doctorate of philosophy in American studies from Yale University.




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