Experts in the latest educational practices and policies, our faculty members are committed to equipping culturally competent experts to drive the future of education. These tenured professionals don’t just have a finger on the pulse; they’re driving systemic change from the epicenter of education legislation. Many of our faculty members are pursuing cutting-edge research and all of them strive to ensure you receive the guidance and support you need to succeed.
Dr. Nolan Jones
Dr. Nolan A. Jones is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Mills College. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley, a Masters Degree from Holy Names College, and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Mills College. His academic interests include transformative education, public pedagogy, classroom pedagogies, and Hip Hop Pedagogy. He has presented his research on Hip Hop Pedagogy at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, the American Anthropological Association, the National Association for Ethnic Studies, and the National Association for Multicultural Education. Originally from New Orleans, he enjoys traveling, songwriting, playing the piano and creating websites in his spare time.
Dr. Tomás Galguera
Professor Tomás Galguera teaches language development methods and research methods courses in the Mills College School of Education in Oakland, California, where he has taught since 1996. He obtained his PhD in Education with an emphasis in Language Literacy and Culture from Stanford College. He provides professional development to teachers, schools, and districts on language development, trauma and newcomer students, and classroom inquiry. Professor Galguera’s publications and research interests include pedagogy of teacher preparation for language development, teacher classroom research, documentation of teaching practice, and the role of information technology and social media on teaching and teacher education. His most recent research focuses on the development of pedagogical language knowledge among beginning teachers. Before Mills College, Professor Galguera was a Spanish bilingual teacher in the Oakland Unified School District.
Dr. Victoria Forrester
Victoria Forrester is a 34 year public educator who is passionate about equity, teaching and learning, and special education. She has been a long term teacher, elementary school principal, student services director at the district office level, special education director at the district office level, and adjunct professor at Mills College. Victoria loves teaching at Mills and sharing both theoretical and practical approaches to leadership. She has both a Master’s degree and Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Mills College
Dr. Mildred Lewis
Mildred S. Lewis currently serves as the Dean of Enrollment Services & Director of EOPS/CARE Program at Laney College leading a complex 3.2 million dollar portfolio and overseeing the distribution of over $20 million in student financial aid to enhance and improve student success, equity and completion. In her capacity as a Dean, her accomplishments range from serving as the administrative lead transitioning the financial aid department from manual processing of federal and state financial aid to automated People Soft Financial Aid module implementation; leading the implementation of the Department of Education Minority Serving & Under Resourced Schools Project Success Grant, iGrad Financial Literacy Program, Superstrong Interest Assessment aligned with the launch of the colleges Guided Pathways; as well as co-leading the colleges 2017 institutional program review and leading professional development through the lens of cultural sensitivity for classified student service professionals hosting Academy for College Excellence experiential learning institute, and Inside Track coaching retention model promoting student success engagement strategies in her educational portfolio.
In addition to her student service background serving a diverse and multicultural student body and participating in shared governance committees, Mildred facilitates graduate seminar courses at Mills College as an Assistant Adjunct Professor on Issues and Trends in the Community College System, California Community College: History, Politics and Policy and Inquiry into Leadership supporting the educational preparation of current community college administrators and aspiring administrators. She also taught at Laney College as an adjunct faculty member in the Philosophy / Humanities department for two semesters and guest lecturer and facilitated class discussions on Poetic Narrative, Karl Marx: Alienation of the Worker and Liberation Theology as Philosophy.
Mildred earned a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership at Mills College in Oakland, California. She also earned a Master of Art’s degree in Educational Leadership at Mills College, a Master of Art’s degree in Theology at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California. Prior to graduate school, Mildred earned a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Philosophy and Religion at San Francisco State University and an Associate in Art’s degree in French at College of Marin, Kentfield, California.
Dr. Debbie Brown
Early Childhood Educator since 1999, Debra Brown, has been Head of School of the Mills College Children’s School; the laboratory school for the School of Education since 2008. As a social justice educator, Ms. Brown’s emphasis is on the development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions that foster supportive, nurturing, inclusive learning environments for children. Ms. Brown’s interest is on really seeing children through relationship-based teaching and leading, foundational for supporting young children’s positive development of self, to address the needs of the diverse population of children and families in schools today.
Dr. Molly Freeman
Molly Freeman’s teaching practice is informed with her background in the Sociology of Knowledge, Social Psychology acquired at UC Riverside and UC Davis, and her many years working in Early Childhood, Teacher Education and Professional Development, Adult Development and Aging, and social change. Her work has been greatly influenced by Paulo Friere, John Dewey, George Herbert Mead, Reuven Feuerstein, and Sylvia Ashton-Warner. An early adopter of digital technologies in the classroom, Molly included use of computers in the classroom in Teacher Education in the 1980s and helped to prepare thousands of K-12 teachers in the Silicon Valley to integrate computers into standards based instruction in the 1990s. Molly’s dissertation at the Union Institute and University in Complex Systems and Distance Learning was on the integration of digital technologies in K-12 and post-secondary schooling. Her current focus is on reflective practice that distinguishes between the use of computers and digital media for their own sake and the essential and strategic value of human interaction for cognitive and social development. Molly is the former Chair of Education and Human Development at Holy Names College (now University), and has conducted research at UCSF in Aging and Adult Development, Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley where she studied the role of US government funding in high technology and urban development in Silicon Valley (formerly known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight because of its acres of fruit orchards), and at Educational Support Systems in San Mateo, CA. Molly has also worked with the Federal Bureau of Maternal and Child Health to establish regular online communication between the Centers for Disease Control and child care centers nationwide. Molly advocates for change in education and social policy in the US and in Armenia.
Dr. Joseph Koroma
BA; BS, Manchester University, Indiana
Master of Public Administration; Ph.D., Indiana State University, Indiana
Twenty years work experience in higher education leadership as a college administrator and instructor. Since 2005, at various times, taught undergraduate geography courses as a lecturer and adjunct instructor at Indiana State University, Olympic College, Washington, and College of Alameda. At the graduate level, taught California Community College Finance at Mills College. Worked as a full-time college administrator since 1999. Served as a chief financial aid officer and led programs such as local, state and federal financial aid operations, Opportunity Grant Program, and Veterans Services Program, for over ten years at various colleges and a variety of roles, namely Olympic College (Associate Dean of Student Financial Services), West Hills College (Director of Financial Aid). Currently Financial Aid Program Supervisor at Laney College, Oakland, CA.
Adrienne D. Oliver uses hip hop instructional practices to infuse her classes with a student-centered perspective of learning. Her approach to building a sense of community among students promotes a culture of high engagement. Research Interests: Critical Race Theory, Critical Hip Hop Pedagogy, Sociology of Hip Hop, Educational Leadership, Race & Ethnicity, Narrative Inquiry, Community Engagement, Service Learning, Creative Writing
Alison McDonald, EdD, spent almost forty years as a K-12 educator. She has been a Mills College Adjunct Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership for the last four years. Although she taught at all levels, most of her teaching time was spent at the high school level. After teaching for 25 years in urban settings in Boston and Oakland, she transitioned to administration, working first as an assistant principal and then becoming a high school principal in Oakland. She spent her last seven years in K-12 as an assistant superintendent, supervising all aspects of the high schools in Oakland, California.
She has presented her dissertation findings on “Urban Leadership” at the University of Redland’s Summer Institute on Leadership for Educational Justice and published in the Journal “Storytelling, Self and Society” entitled “Using Story in an Educational Leadership Class”. Alison McDonald has taught several different courses in Educational Leadership at Mills College based on her findings from her research and her many years in K-12 education.
Dr. Nneka Allen-Harris
Dr. NNeka Allen-Harrison is Co-Founder of Leaders Innovators & Forward Thinkers of Tomorrow (LIFTT Inc.) and co-authored several books and articles. Harrison is a former Alameda County social service provider for truancy reduction, a proponent of psychosocial health, STEM opportunities, and educational equity. She has taught urban education courses, consulted with school districts and community-based agencies in areas related to home education, family-school-community partnerships, early childhood development, parental engagement, and social-emotional learning. Dr. NNeka currently holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in Early Childhood from Mills College. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Clark-Atlanta University.
Tiffani Marie is the daughter of Sheryll Marie, granddaughter of Dorothy Wilson and Annette Williams, and the great-grandaughter of Artelia Green and Olivia Williams. She comes from a long line of Arkansas educators. She is passionate about learning with and from youth, sewing, music production, and connecting to the natural world.