A Renowned and Dedicated Faculty

At Mills you will study with scholars recognized for their one-of-a-kind expertise; authors who have written books of poetry, fiction, and literary criticism; scientists who have authored the textbooks college students across the country use in class; and artists whose work is exhibited in museums around the globe.

Mills faculty are both fiercely dedicated to teaching and passionately engaged in research and creative endeavors. Recently, The Princeton Review recognized two Mills professors among the Best 300 Professors in the country when rated by students for teaching ability and accessibility. At Mills, you not only receive the benefit of committed, engaged educators, you also get to work with people whose work has local as well as international impact.

Here are just a few of the interesting things some of our faculty members have accomplished recently:

  • Received the highest award in the United States for teaching mathematics and mentoring and inspiring students
  • Wrote a book on ecological issues in the California deserts that may impact the way we view environmental challenges
  • Received a lifetime achievement award for cutting-edge musical compositions
  • Created a Center for Socially Responsible Business to model best practices in environmental and social responsibility
  • Studied the infrastructure that keeps electricity running, water flowing, and transportation systems moving
  • Won a Guggenheim Fellowship in choreography
  • Received a grant of nearly $3 million from the National Science Foundation to address the shortage of science, technology, engineering, and math teachers in the Oakland Unified School District
  • Awarded a $4.9 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation to develop a research network to help youths use social media to become engaged in the political process
  • Published research on the impact of teen video game play on civic engagement

A Global Perspective

Engaged in social change, Mills faculty are also active in—and inspire you to become passionate about—the world outside of Mills. Whether it’s California’s electricity crisis, the impact of poverty on women, Japanese teaching methods, or political issues around the globe—the Mills faculty is ready to teach you just about anything you might want to learn.


Faculty Facts

  • Mills has close to 200 full- and part-time faculty, who are renowned scholars, artists, performers, scientists, and writers.
  • Over 90% of Mills full-time professors hold the highest degree possible in their fields.
  • Nearly 70% of our full-time faculty are women.
  • About 30% of Mills faculty members are people of color.
  • Student/faculty ratio is 11:1.
  • Average class size is 16 students; most classes have fewer than 20.

Last Updated: 10/21/14