APRIL 2024

The Application for the 2024-2025 Cohort

are now open

Application period for Fall 2024 is now open!

As of 2022, nearly 90% of program participants have successfully received offers for full-time/tenure track or part-time faculty positions in higher education. Are you ready to commence your journey as a faculty member in the community college?

For program consideration, applicants must submit the following documents as part of their online application:

  • A letter of interest specifying why you are interested in teaching students at Bakersfield College. The letter should also discuss how your educational experiences have prepared them to teach at a community college with a diverse student body, like Bakersfield College.
  • An updated curriculum vitae with at least three professional references with contact information listed. One of the references needs to be from a current or former supervisor.
  • College/university transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted), including all college units attempted.

For further information or questions regarding the program, contact Dr. Maria Wright at

Professional Development Opportunities

Event: Vision and Action for Equity

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Event: All The Black Girls Are Activists

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PDF: LIFT Your Voice

- a publication of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

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Event: Book Club on Engaging Discussions

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Monthly Event: Math Justice for Student Empowerment

Monthly Event: Counseling for Justice and Equity

The Art & Science of Healthy Pedagogy Program

Bakersfield College has been invited to participate in an upcoming FREE professional development opportunity hosted by UC-Riverside. The sessions will include topics covering everything from "Alternative or Authentic Assessments" to "Trauma-Aware Teaching." And you can participate synchronously or asynchronously.

Healthy Pedagogy seeks to positively impact the culture of teaching and learning through promotion of teaching strategies to support student wellness. This program is designed to integrate sincere mindfulness of the health and well-being students into course design and the craft of teaching. In creating a community of practice for instructors to enhance their courses and initiate discussions around evidence-based teaching and learning strategies that foster caring, creative, and inclusive participation in the classroom and beyond, both teachers and students can experience engaging communities of learning. 

Please see below for opportunities to participate in Healthy Pedagogy initiatives over the Winter and Spring 2024 terms

Vision in Action Professional Development Edition

FDPF alumni and current participants are invited to sign-up for California Community Colleges - Vision In Action website. Here a some highlights from their January 2024 newsletter.

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Faculty Fellow Highlights

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Nahliel M. Ruiz

2021 Fellow

Nahliel M. Ruiz served as a mentee in the Faculty Diversity Fall 2021- Spring 2022. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and she arrived in the United States at the age of 4. Ever since, Ruiz has lived in Bakersfield CA. She is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, the California Dream Act, has helped contribute to accomplish many of her goals as well as her persistence, dedication, and hard work. Ruiz is a first-generation college graduate.

She graduated from Bakersfield College with an associate degree in Human Biological Science; Ruiz transferred to California State University of Bakersfield (CSUB) earning a bachelor’s degree in Human Biological Science and minor in Criminal Justice. Ruiz continued her education at CSUB earning a master’s degree in Biology.

Ruiz fell in love with Human Biology at Bakersfield College when she took a pre-requirement course Biology 32 with Professor Chad Newton. She was not sure what she could do with a Human Biology degree although she knew that she really enjoyed it. At CSUB Ruiz had one professor, Dr. Kathleen Szick, which she took many courses at undergraduate and graduate level including introduction to cell biology, genetics, and molecular genetics.

Ruiz saw Dr. Szick as a mentor; she inspired her. She was able to become her research assistant. She loved the way that Dr. Szick taught her students as well as was so enthusiastic about what she taught. That is when Ruiz knew she wanted to teach. While Ruiz was pursuing a higher education, she was also a teaching associate (TA) for a few semesters.  

After Ruiz graduated and obtained her master’s degree in Biology, Dr. Smith informed her about a program at Bakersfield college (Faculty Diversity Fellowship) because he knew she had an interest in teaching at a community college level and believed she was a great candidate. During the Fellowship program, Ruiz worked closely with Biology professors and took a course in which provided more insights about teaching/working in a community college.

After being in the program for a whole academic year, Ruiz decided to apply for a full-time tenure track as a biology professor. She was granted the opportunity and began to teach for Bakersfield College. She loves Bakersfield College and the amazing opportunities she has been granted.

Lead Faculty

Dr. Maria Wright

Professor of Education

Bakersfield College


Faculty Diversification Fellowship Program

Applied Leadership Program

Dr. Maria Wright and I am a faculty in the Education Department. Currently, I work closely on the Aspire Faculty Diversification Fellowship Program and the Applied Leadership Program.

Before taking on this role, I served as the Director of Academic Support Services for several years, where my work focused on centralizing efforts to provide wrap-around support for students. This work focused on enhancing the out-of-class academic experience for BC students. I have also served as the Advising Lead for the School of Business at a four-year institution and as an Educational Advisor at Bakersfield College.

I earned my doctoral degree from California State University, Fresno in Educational Leadership, my master’s degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Bakersfield, and my bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach. 

As a first-generation graduate, I am deeply passionate about increasing equity, inclusion, and diversity in higher education institutions. More specifically, I seek to expand opportunities for students who have historically been excluded from social and educational opportunities. 

Program Resource Links

California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) Resources

CCCCO Vision Resource Center

Literature from the field

Best Practices for Online Teaching and Learning

Enhancing Your Pedagogy and Andragogy

Campus Resources

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD)

View All Program Resource Links

Bakersfield College | Faculty Diversification Fellowship Program Website

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