Affinity Groups for Faculty

In order to foster faculty connections and engagement across Mills College, the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) regularly holds faculty affinity group gatherings for the exchange of ideas and information and for advocacy and mutual support. These groups bring together faculty who share a given identity and/or who are at a particular stage in their careers. Please contact cfe@mills.edu if you are interested in joining the associate professors, faculty of color, or pre-tenure faculty affinity groups.

Associate Professors Group

The CFE recognizes that movement into the rank of associate professor (AP) is a major accomplishment, but we also recognize that advancement to that rank can bring its own unique challenges. To serve associate professors the CFE provides a space in which APs can share resources, collaborate on projects, and discuss how to avoid AP drift, manage new service responsibilities, and maintain a scholarly agenda.

Faculty of Color Group

The CFE acknowledges that there are historical forms of exclusion in higher education that impede the full flourishing of faculty of color. Being aware of the differential treatment that faculty of color can encounter in higher education, the CFE creates space in which faculty of color can collaborate, share experiences of the classroom and of interactions with colleagues, and promote solidarity. Past gatherings have focused on COVID-19 anti-Asian racism and COVID-19 and intersectionality.

Pre-Tenure Faculty Support Group

The Pre-Tenure Faculty Support Group meets once a month to offer early-career Mills faculty specific strategies for professional success. Topics include managing teaching loads, reflective teaching and scholarly practices, choosing and completing scholarly projects, making service meaningful, and preparing review files. In addition to the group meetings, the director of the Center for Faculty Excellence is always available to meet with faculty individually to discuss their work at Mills, pedagogy, and research/scholarship.