Welcome to Spring 2024

Please join me in welcoming our 5th cohort to the Faculty Diversification Fellowship Program. These individuals were selected for this program based in part on their academic achievements, the impressions made on their colleagues, and their dedication to helping improve higher education. We look forward to building on their skills and strengths through this program.

Applications are still being accepted for

2023-2024 Faculty Diversification Internships

Applications for the Fall 2024 Faculty Diversification Internships Cohort Opening March 1, 2024

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

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 — January 2024

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.

The Vision Resource Center is your gateway to free professional development resources built and curated for California community college employees. Whether you're preparing for FLEX or looking to expand your knowledge, start the year off right and explore playlists in the Vision Resource Center.

Virtual Event: We Love Linguistic Justice!

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Virtual Event: Prompt, Play, Learn: An Interactive Generative AI Workshop

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Faculty Fellow Highlights

Sabrina Smith

Sabrina Smith

2024 Fellow

Sabrina Smith, a native of Bakersfield, CA, embarked on her academic journey with distinction, graduating magna cum laude from Taft College in 2014 with dual A.A. degrees in Mathematics and Liberal Arts Math and Science. She furthered her education at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), earning a cum laude Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 2016. Currently pursuing a Master in Business Administration degree at CSUB, she is poised to graduate this spring.

A dedicated professional, Sabrina contributes her expertise as an ERP Analyst in the District IT department at Kern Community College District (KCCD), specializing in supporting the Banner Student module and related integrations. Her commitment to education is evident through her multifaceted roles during her college years, starting as a student worker at Taft College. She later served as a student assistant in the cashier’s office and as an instructional student aide for the computer science department at CSUB. Notably, Sabrina also interned with a non-profit organization, where she played a pivotal role in introducing elementary school children, particularly young girls, to the exciting realms of computer science and programming.

Sabrina's professional journey has cultivated a deep-seated passion for mentorship, teaching, and higher education. Currently a valued member of the KCCD team, Sabrina looks forward to contributing to the academic community from a new perspective as a faculty fellow. As she completes her fellowship, she aspires to secure a permanent adjunct faculty position, with the goal of continuing her mission to encourage underrepresented groups to pursue education and careers in business and technology. Sabrina is driven by the belief that mentorship and education are powerful tools for fostering diversity and inclusion in these fields.

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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