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Scholarship & Creative Activity

To encourage, support, and recognize the scholarly and creative work of Mills faculty, the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) organizes activities ranging from reading groups to grant-writing mentorships.

Faculty Authors

Along with the F. W. Olin Library, the CFE celebrates faculty authors who have recently published research or creative works. These celebrations take place each spring, and all faculty authors are encouraged to share their work by reading from it in a public event held in the library.

Faculty Writing Groups

The Center for Faculty Excellence sponsors the Faculty Writing Group in partnership with the F. W. Olin Library staff. The Faculty Writing Group is a dedicated time of the week (usually Fridays from 10:00-11:00 am) when faculty can gather in a quiet, comfortable space in the library to work alongside peers on any stage of their research and writing projects.

Grant Writing Workshops

No matter the stage of inception and whether for institutional or solo grant projects, former grant recipients are available to mentor colleagues who are interested in applying for government or private grants. If you would like to serve as a mentor or if you would like to be connected with a mentor, please contact

Reading Groups

In support of faculty’s continuous growth and learning, the CFE brings faculty together to read articles and books that focus not only on pedagogy, but also on higher education more broadly. This year’s faculty common read is Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist. For faculty who are interested in reading other texts—whether related to Kendi or not—please contact us at


Recognizing the scholarly and creative achievements of our faculty, the CFE annually hosts a salon in which colleagues either within the same discipline or outside of it respond in formal presentations to the recent work of one of their colleagues.