Ten instructors have joined Bakersfield College as full-time faculty members, effective with the Fall 2011 semester that begins on August 23, Dr. Greg A. Chamberlain, college president, announced. Many of the new faculty are filling positions left vacant by retirements and relocations.

The new faculty members and their subjects are:

Alex Henderson

Alex is coming to Bakersfield College from New Jersey, where he was a counselor at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City. Prior to that, he was at City University of New York and worked as an editor of English as a Second Language textbooks and dictionaries for Pearson Education and Oxford University Press. Alex earned his Master of Science in guidance counseling from Hunter College at City University of New York in 2006, his Master of Arts in English as a Second Language from University of Massachusetts in Boston in 1998 and his Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1992. Alex enjoys reading, studying Spanish and spending time with his wife Lisa and daughters Sabrina, 9, and Simone, 5.

Darren Willis

CAD/Industrial Drawing

Darren is coming to Bakersfield College after 11 years with the Kern High School District as a drafting/CAD/architectural design instructor at Highland High School. During that time, he was head of the Career-Technical Education Department and a subject matter facilitator for industrial technology. Darren is a former Bakersfield College student who also completed upper division coursework and a teaching credential in teaching methodology at University of California, Los Angeles. He enjoys woodworking and cycling, and is married to Bakersfield College adjunct English instructor Julie Wills. Their first child, Samantha Rose Willis, was born in July.

Andrea Tumblin

Mathematics

Andrea is coming to Bakersfield College from Arizona Western College, where she taught precalculus, mathematics, college algebra for the Applied Sciences Department. Before that, Andrea was a lecturer and teaching assistant in mathematics at Taft College and the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Prior to her time as an educator, Andrea was with Chevron as a facilities engineer, where she assisted with oil, water and gas production. Andrea earned her Master of Arts in mathematics and her Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma. She enjoys shopping and gardening and cooking. Andrea is a graduate of Highland High School and looks forward to giving back to the community which supported her while she was growing up.

Andrew Baker

English as a Second Language - Delano Campus

Andrew is coming to Bakersfield College from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he worked as a teaching specialist in an intensive English program. His career includes language instruction in Mexico and China, as well as at the high school and college level in Minnesota and California. Andrew earned his Master of Arts degree in English as a Second Language from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and his Bachelor of Arts in communication from Biola University. For fun, Andrew enjoys travel, cooking and spending time with his two Scottish Terriers. He is a native of Santa Maria and looks forward to returning to California.

Steven Lytle

Biology

Steven is coming to Bakersfield College from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he taught human anatomy and physiology, general biology and microbiology. Prior to that, he was a tenured professor of biology at Broward Community in Davie, Florida. Steven earned his doctorate in botany at the University of Florida in 2003, and his Master of Science in entomology and Bachelor of Science in biology at Purdue University. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as swimming and hiking. Steven has been married to wife Stephanie for 13 years and they have a daughter, Eliza, who is three years old.

Mary "Michelle" Hart

Academic Development - Delano Campus

Michelle is coming to Bakersfield College from Porterville College, where she has held several positions since 2000. Most recently, she was an adjunct professor teaching developmental English and basic writing skills. She has also worked as a coordinator and presenter of Educational Success Workshops, which provide college survival skills to at-risk students. Michelle earned her Master of Arts in English from National University in 2010, and her Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from California State University, Chico. She is a graduate of Porterville College and Monache High School in Porterville. Michelle says she looks forward to working at the Delano Campus because she is from a small town and loves the homey feeling of the area.

Alisha Loken

Nursing

Alisha has been an adjunct instructor in Bakersfield College's Nursing Department for the past three years, while working as a critical care nurse at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield. She has been a critical care nurse for the last 11 years. Alisha is a graduate of the LAC-USC College of Nursing and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Nursing Education at Walden University. Alisha and her husband have three children, along with a menagerie of animals, including horses, goats and turkeys. She is an avid gardener and is learning to team rope for the rodeo.

Keri Wolf

English

Keri is coming to Bakersfield College from the University of California, Davis, where she was a lecturer and associate instructor in the English Department. Prior to that, she was a lecturer in the English Department at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany and a teaching assistant at the University of California, Davis. Keri earned her doctorate in English at University of California, Davis in 2010, and her Master of Arts in English from California State University, Long Beach. She is a graduate of Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. Keri is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Keri and her husband Kevin welcomed their first child, Raewynn, in May. As a community college graduate herself, Keri feels that coming to teach English at Bakersfield College will allow her to challenge and encourage the students who come into her classroom.

Harold Mendoza

Computer Science

Hal comes to Bakersfield College from the University of California, Merced, where he was a lecturer in computer science. Prior to that, he was an adjunct instructor at Merced College and a middle and high school teacher. Hal has an extensive background in programming and software engineering. He earned his Master of Science in Geophysics from Stanford University in 1995 and his Master of Science in Computer Science at California State University, Fullerton in 1988. Hal is also a 2005 graduate of the University of California, Irvine Single Subject Credential program, receiving authorizations to teach Physics, Geoscience, General Science and Mathematics. In his spare time, Hal enjoys bicycling, rock climbing, reading, and, of course, computers.

Shohreh Rahman

Counseling

Shohreh has been with Bakersfield College since graduating from college, teaching psychology and student development, while also organizing events and cultural programs for and about Bakersfield College international students. She earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (1989) and her Master of Arts in Education (1990) from California State University, Bakersfield. Shohreh is connected within Bakersfield's international community, and was honored for her achievements in education by the League of Women Voters' International Women's Day event in 2002. She was born and raised in Iran and has been living in the United States for more than 30 years. Shohreh is looking forward to her permanent relationship with Bakersfield College students so that she can connect them with students all over the world.

-- Bakersfield College, News Release