Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning & Faculty Affairs
February 23, 2018
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 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 http://www.mills.edu.
Job Description: Mills College seeks a versatile and experienced academic leader to join a dynamic Provost team engaged in institutional transformation that promotes inclusive excellence, gender and racial justice, accessibility and sustainability. Reporting to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, and working closely with two other Associate Provosts and with academic deans, this position coordinates the vital intersections between faculty development, teaching development, institutional grant-writing and the assessment of student learning. The Associate Provost (APFA) supports faculty excellence and innovation in teaching and scholarship, through development and oversight of faculty orientation, mentoring, pedagogy, curriculum and leadership development, adjunct inclusion initiatives, and assistance with faculty grant-writing. The APFA works closely with faculty leadership to conduct research on faculty satisfaction, identify strategies to enhance the faculty work environment and attend to faculty concerns.
The APFA is a key member of the External Grants and Gifts team, responsible for strategic grant-writing to support academic initiatives and serves as Director of the Center for Teaching and Scholarship (CTS), facilitating teaching workshops, faculty lectures series, and related activities. The APFA oversees two offices: the Office of Institutional Research, which designs and implements robust and creative assessment projects, and the Office of Instructional Technology, which supports digital learning.
This is a three-year renewable appointment beginning July 1, 2018. The APFA holds a ranked faculty position within a department at the college and teaches 1-2 courses per year.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Student Learning and Assessment:
Experience with diverse students and faculty and inclusive approaches to teaching, learning and institutional community-building
Record of excellence in teaching, innovative course design and pedagogy that focus on student success
Experience with leading faculty-driven academic assessment initiatives
Knowledge of evidence-based decision-making and evaluation
Knowledge of digital learning modalities and learning management systems
Proven ability to mentor and work effectively with both ranked and adjunct faculty to promote student success and excellence in teaching and learning
Knowledge of strategies to address issues in faculty affairs including shifting faculty roles and expectations, changing student needs and demographics and evolving understandings of teaching and learning
Ability to lead, develop and grow the activities of the Center for Teaching and Scholarship
Grant-writing and management:
Demonstrated ability to write letters of intent, grant applications and reports to support academic initiatives
Demonstrated ability to manage grants with various compliance and reporting requirements and deadlines
Demonstrated ability to develop and manage grant budgets
Higher Education Administration:
Broad knowledge of best practices in higher education, particularly in relation to teaching, digital learning, assessment, and faculty development
Ability to work in fast-paced, collaborative, and team-oriented environment
Strong interpersonal skills, excellent written, verbal, and listening skills and the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide variety of constituencies in a diverse academic community
Demonstrated ability to build institutional initiatives, delegate effectively and prioritize among a wide range of tasks and projects
Knowledge of faculty governance processes and ability to work effectively with faculty leadership
Ability to represent the College externally and stand in for the Provost when needed in a variety of internal and external-facing events
Commitment to Mills College's mission and demonstrated ability to create and sustain a an organizational climate based on inclusion, social justice and equity
Strong professional ethics, emotional intelligence and discretion with an attitude of respect for all persons in the Mills community.
Professional qualifications suited to tenure in an academic discipline represented in the Mills curriculum
5 years successful senior academic administrative experience
10 years teaching experience at the college/university level
A distinguished record of academic scholarship, creative work and/or research
Record of successful grant-writing to support research and scholarship and/or institutional academic initiatives
Record of presentations or publications related to higher education administration, teaching and learning or academic initiatives
Additional Information: Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a competitive benefits package. including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 10 days of vacation for year one, 15 days of vacation for years 2-10, and 22 days of vacation years 10+ plus, 12 sick days and 10 paid holidays annually. Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: 403(b) retirement plan, pet insurance, long-term care insurance and legal-assistance insurance.
Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society. Mills encourages openness to experimentation in the context of established academic disciplines. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues, provide an understanding of the natural world, and enhance opportunities for women in their developing roles throughout society. The curriculum combines traditional liberal arts with new educational initiatives that recognize the value of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity. Inspired by a teaching philosophy that grows out of its longstanding dedication to women?s education, Mills provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth.