Dr. Kimberly Van Horne is the department chair for the Academic Development department (ACDV). She has been with Bakersfield College for six years and has been an educator for 24 years. During her time at Bakersfield College, she has been active on campus, served as a senator in the Academic Senate, coordinates the Critical Academic Skills workshops, is a member of both the Curriculum and Matriculation committees, and has been involved with numerous campus research projects. Dr. Van Horne teaches ACDV reading, writing, and math courses, plus enjoys working one-on-one with students in the Student Success Lab.
Dr. Van Horne grew up in Bakersfield and is a graduate of California State University, Bakersfield, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a Multiple-Subjects Teaching Credential, and a Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate. While at CSUB, she also earned a Master’s degree in education, curriculum and instruction. Prior to joining the Bakersfield College faculty, she taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grades for 18 years in the Panama-Buena Vista School District.
Dr. Van Horne earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction (Ed.D., C & I) from the University of Phoenix. Her emphasis in research throughout the program related to issues concerning Latino developmental community college students, curriculum and program development and evaluation, and instructional supervision. Van Horne presented a doctoral dissertation titled An Investigation of the Success Phenomenon of Latino Developmental Community College Students: A Case Study, which was a result of two years of research, culminating with the data collection and analysis in fall 2008. Her study was published in the Research in Developmental Education journal in 2009. Her education at the University of Phoenix included coursework in program evaluation, learning theory, curriculum theory, planning and leading change, assessment of learning, policy analysis, and instructional leadership.