Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs

Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs

Welcome to the Estrella Mountain Community College Division of Learning. The Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs administers all areas of instruction, including faculty and curriculum. This division provides much of the academic support vital to the success of our students in their academic pursuits at EMCC and beyond.
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Dr. Kimberley Harrell brings more than 27 years of higher education experience to the role of Vice President of Academic Affairs at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC). Dr. Harrell’s higher education career includes 19 years as faculty, including faculty leadership roles as Department Chair and Academic Senate President, and eight years in instructional administration in occupational education, general education, athletics and workforce development.

Before coming to EMCC, Dr. Harrell served as Associate Vice President of Instruction for Economic and Workforce Development and Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California.  She served on the California Community Colleges Curriculum Committee for seven years and the California Community Colleges Foundation Credit for Prior Learning Taskforce.  She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Health and Behavioral Medicine from Northcentral University in Arizona.

Dr. Harrell is a strong proponent of the Learning College Philosophy where learning can occur anywhere, anytime. She will continue to support faculty to embed servant learning opportunities in instructional programs, a key element that attracted her to the position at EMCC. Through strong collaboration with the amazing faculty and staff at EMCC, she is committed to ensuring the educational and workforce development needs of the students are realized.

Learning Divisions

Learning Departments 


Vice President of Academic Affairs

Kimberley Harrell - Vice President of Academic Affairs

Elizabeth Baca - Administrative Coordinator

Deans of Instruction

Sylvia Orr, Ph.D. - Dean of Instruction (Academic Support)

Paula Livingston - Dean of Instruction (Workforce, Math, and Science)