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Faculty & Staff
Elizabeth Baker Elizabeth Baker
Associate Professor of Practice
Education 223
510.430.3154, ebaker@mills.edu
Office Hours: by appointment

Professional Interests: Teacher research, including Japanese lesson study; pre-service and in-service science and mathematics education; gender and equity education in the urban classroom; constructivist education
Gabriela Cervantes-Powell Gabriela Cervantes-Powell
Budget Manager
Academic Coordinator for Educational Leadership
Kimball 5
510.430.3255, gpowellcervantes@mills.edu
Ruth Cossey Ruth Cossey
Professor, MEET/TTS Program Chair
Lynn T. White Professor
Education 219
510.430.3159, rcossey@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday 1:30-2:30 and by appointment

Professional Interests: Preservice and inservice mathematics and science education, sociology of education in urban environments, mathematics reform in elementary and secondary schools
Ellen Dahlke Ellen Dahlke
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education
708.828.6821, ellen.dahlke@gmail.com
Office Hours: by appointment

Professional Interests: Language, literacy, and identity; African American English; literacy education; teacher education; education in prison contexts
Priya Shimpi Driscoll Priya Shimpi Driscoll
Associate Professor of Education
Mary S. Metz Professorship
Director of Language Development Laboratory
Early Childhood Education
Education 215
Office Hours: Monday 1:00-2:00 pm, Wednesday 11:00-12:30 pm

Professional Interests: Communicative, social, and cognitive development in a diversity of learning environments; translating early childhood research into practice; the role of culture and experience in childrens attention and learning
Tomas Galguera Tomás Galguera
Professor of Education
Education 217
Office Hours: Thursday 7:00-8:30pm and by appointment

Professional Interests: Teacher education for language-minority students, bilingual education and English-language development programs, ethnolinguistic diversity in education
Diane Ketelle Diane Ketelle
Dean, Professor of Education; Director of the Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships
Educational Leadership; Administrative Service Credential

Education 221, dketelle@mills.edu

Professional Interests: Administrator knowledge, administrator stories, narrative inquiry, fictionalizing real experience
Linda Kroll Linda Kroll
Professor of Education; Associate Dean of School of Education; Mary and Richard Holland Professorship in Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education
On sabbatical 2016
Education 220

Professional Interests: Cognitive development, development of literacy, application of developmental theory to educational issues, teacher education, teacher development including development of teachers from their training throughout their careers
Argelia Lara Argelia Lara
Assistant Professor
Education 214
Office Hours: Tuesday 8:00-9:00, Wednesday 2:30-3:30 and by appointment

Professional Interests: Chicana/o Latina/o Education, Immigrant and Undocumented Education, Critical Race Studies in Education, Higher Education Equity and Access, and Educational Leadership
Barbara LiSanti Barbara LiSanti
Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science; Trefethen Faculty Awardee
CPM Room 200B
510.430.2247, barbara@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12:15-1:15 (Stern 35) and by appointment (CPM 200B)

Professional Interests: Artificial Intelligence applications in education, cognitive science, intelligent tutoring systems, computer science education, linear algebra
Alison McDonald Alison McDonald
Director, Administrative Credential Program, Master’s degree in Educational Leadership Program
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Education 210
510.430.3148, amcdonald@mills.edu
Office Hours: By appointment

Professional Interests: K-12 school Leadership; transformation and sustainability in leadership positions
Pedro E. Nava Pedro E. Nava
Assistant Professor of Education, Educational Leadership
Education 222
510.430.3166, pnava@mills.edu
Office Hours: Wednesday 4:00-6:00 and by appointment

Professional Interests: Urban and rural education, Latina/o education, school-community partnerships, participatory action research, communities and schools, critical pedagogy, critical race theory, (im)migrant education, geographic information systems
Linda Perez Linda Perez
Abbie Valley Professor of Education; Co-Director of Infant Mental Health Program
Child Life, Special Education; Infant Mental Health
Education 213
510.430.2328, lmperez@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 11:00-12:45, Monday and Thursday by appointment

Professional Interests: At-risk children and families, the application of developmental theory to special education issues, mental health and developmental disorders of infancy and early childhood
Sharlene Shah Sharlene Shah
Academic Coordinator
Credential Analyst
Teachers for Tomorrow's Schools
Kimball 108
510.430.3146, sshah@mills.edu
Natalie Stone Natalie Stone
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
Education 202
510.430.3170, nstone@mills.edu
Tess Unger Tess Unger
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Academic Coordinator for Early Childhood Education
Education 203
510.430.3190, tunger@mills.edu
Wanda Watson Wanda Watson
Assistant Professor
TTS/Multiple Subjects Program Director
Education 216
Office Hours: Wednesday 3:00-4:30

Professional Interests: Critical, inclusive, and culturally relevant teaching; urban teacher education; intersections of race, class, and gender in education; youth organizing; teaching and learning in the humanities

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Visiting Professors

Rebecca AkinRebecca Akin
Assistant Adjunct Professor

Professional Interests: Practitioner inquiry, youth participatory action research (YPAR), urban education, visual research methods, early childhood literacy

Merri BesdenMerri Besden
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Office Hours: by appointment

Professional Interests: Inclusive practices, Reggio Emilia inspired classrooms, sensory integration, facilitating social and pre-academic skills using photography and visual strategies

Debbie Brown
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Office Hours: by appointment


Kevin Collins
Visiting Assistant Professor
925.944.6850, Ext. 2010, kcollins@mills.edu
Office Hours: by appointment

Professional Interests: School finance and equity, educational administration, utilization of student data, secondary education


Irenka Dominguez-Pareto
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Education 214, idominguezpareto@mills.edu
Office Hours: by appointment

Professional Interests: Child development in context, equity issues in parental involvement policy and practice, gender and schooling, educational advocacy in special education, latino communities and schools, family studies, language socialization and discourse analysis, early childhood education, critical education theory, feminist theory, research methods, ethnography

Victoria Forrester
Office Hours: by appointment

Professional Interests: The principalship, teaching and learning, Special Education, educational equity

Korie LeighKorie Leigh
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Education 212, 510.430.3151, kleigh@mills.edu
Office Hours: Monday 12:00–2:00, Tuesday 3:00–5:00, Wednesday 2:30-4:30, and by appointment

Professional Interests: Child Life in alternative settings, pediatric hospice and palliative care, thanatology, childhood grief, sibling grief, disenfranchised grief, attachment and loss, expressive arts interventions, self-care, vicarious trauma, person-centered child therapy, transformative education, supervision in child life, and qualitative research methods.

Nolan JonesNolan Jones
Director, EdD Program
Education 211, 510.430.3380nojones@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 3:00-4:00 pm

Professional Interests: Youth development, critical, transformative, and hip hop pedagogies, cultural capital and constructivism, green technology and community health

Betty LinBetty Lin
Adjunct Professor
Education 213, 510.430.3149blin@mills.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 1:00-3:00 pm, Thursday 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Professional Interests: Early intervention and early childhood special education, infant mental health, early intervention advocacy and public policy, and cultural understanding when working with Asian families

Karen Mayfield-Ingram
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Education 219, 510.430.3159
Office Hours: by appointment


Julie Nicholson
Office Hours: by appointment

Professional Interests: Leadership development, early childhood system building (prenatal-8 years), trauma informed practices, play across the lifespan, gender and race equity, teachers’ use of data to inform their instruction, and homelessness in early childhood

Patricia NunleyPatricia Nunley
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Office Hours: by appointment

Professional Interests: The student-teacher relationship between urban black males and their teachers, consultant and educational Coach for 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Community School, professional development diversity workshops, Head Start, chronic exposure to community violence as a trauma source, global ECE and western theories, African American mental wellness

Samantha Reisz
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Office Hours: by appointment

Professional Interests: Social and emotional development, infant mental health, attachment theory, disorganized attachment, parent-child relationships, transition to parenthood, childbirth

Maggie Sheffer
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Office Hours: Monday 2:30-3:30

Professional Interests: Urban Education, Teacher preparation, Diversity in Teaching Profession, New Teacher Support and Development, Teacher Pipelines, Teacher Retention, Teacher Inquiry, Professional Learning Communities, Teacher Evaluation

Tracy Trujillo
Assistant Adjunct Professor
925.314.2525, t3trujillo@hotmail.com
Office Hours: by appointment

Professional Interests: Advocation of the health of infants, children, adolescents and young adults

Research Staff

Kathy Emerson
Research Associate
Lesson Study Group
Kimball House 101
510.430.3246, kemerson@mills.edu

Shelley Friedkin
Senior Research Associate
Lesson Study Group
Kimball House 14
510.430.3350, friedkin@mills.edu

Laura Henn
Research Assistant
Lesson Study Group
Kimball House 101
510.430.3264, lhenn@mills.edu

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Kevin Lai
Research Associate
Lesson Study Group

Catherine Lewis
Distinguished Research Scholar
Lesson Study Group
Kimball House 211
510.430.3129, clewis@mills.edu

Julie McGrew
Administrative Assistant
Lesson Study Group
Kimball House 110
510.430.3350, jmcgrew@mills.edu

Michael Nicoloff
Program Assistant
Lesson Study Group
Kimball House 110
510.430.2197, mnicoloff@mills.edu

Stan Pesick
OUSD/Mills College/ACOE Humanities Collaborative,
Educating for Democracy in a Digital Age

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Teacher Scholars

Laura Alvarez
Program Associate
Education 203, 510.430.3190, lauraalvarez100@gmail.com

Julia Beers
Program Associate
Kimball House 102, jbeers@mills.edu

Claire Bove
Associate Director
Kimball House 102, cbove@mills.edu

Anna Richert
Faculty Advisor

Aija Simmons
Director of Teacher Leadership

Sarah Sugarman
Program Associate
Kimball House 102, ssugarman@mills.edu

Carrie Wilson
Executive Director
Kimball House 104, 510.206.8595, cwilson@mills.edu

Jean Witzke
Administrative Assistant
Kimball House 102, 510.684.1097, jwitzke@mills.edu

Last Updated: 8/6/18