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Associate Dean of the Faculty

Kenneth Mills, Ph.D.

Professor Kenneth Mills earned his B.S. from Loyola University Maryland and his A.M. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University. He joined the Holy Cross department of Chemistry in 2001; he was promoted to associate professor in 2007 and professor in 2014.  In addition to teaching courses in biochemistry and chemistry, the latter in the Chemistry Department’s innovative guided-inquiry Discovery Chemistry format, Mills has taught seminars in biotechnology and ethics as well as drug design and abuse in the Montserrat program. He has supervised more than 50 undergraduate students in the research lab. He has served on several college-wide committees and chaired the Chemistry department from 2010 to 2014.  Mills has published widely in the enzymology of protein splicing and of enzymes from extremophiles. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, including a CAREER award, as well as the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, and the Dreyfus Foundation. He was named a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar in 2009 and a Cottrell Scholar in 2015.  In 2013, he received the College’s Mary Louise Marfuggi Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship. 

The Associate Dean of the Faculty is dedicated to facilitating excellent teaching, scholarship, and community engaged projects by assisting faculty members in recognizing and realizing their own potential.  He oversees the College's three-semester orientation program for new faculty and postdoctoral teaching fellows, the faculty mentoring program, and facilitates a range of programs and opportunities for faculty across all career stages and disciplines including the Faculty Scholarship Lunch Series. In his role, the Associate Dean works closely with the Director of Sponsored Research, the Center for Teaching, the Donelan Office for Community-Based Learning, the McFarland Center for Religion Ethics and Culture, the Cantor Art Gallery, and other colleagues and departments throughout the College.