Jill Hamilton-Bunch, Ph.D.

Professor of Education
Associate Dean
Regional Center Director, Bakersfield

Jill Hamilton-Bunch is the associate dean of Teacher Education at PLNU and is the director of the Bakersfield campus. She joined the PLNU faculty full time in 2002 after serving many years in the public school system. She began her career in Delano, California, as an English Language Development (ELD) teacher, academic coach, and program leader before coming to the university. Her research interests include the preparation of teachers to serve English learners and performance quality indicators in the teaching of ELD.


  • Ph.D., Education-Language and Literacy, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A.Ed., Educational Leadership Emphasis, Fresno Pacific University
  • B.A., Literature, English Education Emphasis, Point Loma Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Language Acquisition – EDU601
  • Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing – EDU610
  • Literacy Instruction for Secondary Teachers – EDU620
  • Advanced Practice with English Learners – GED668
  • Philosophy of Education – GED672

Experience in Field

  • Long-Term English Learners
  • Performance Quality Indicators for Teachers of English Learners
  • Literacy and Academic Language for Struggling Readers

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Appointed Academic Program Review Team Member, Fiscal Crisis & Management Team (FCMAT), California Department Education (CDE) and State Board of Education (SBE)
  • President Elect, Independent California College and University Council on the Education of Teachers (ICCUCET)
  • State and Local Board Member, California Association of Teachers of English (CATE)
  • Local English Language Development (ELD) Content Area Consultant in Preparation for Federal Program Monitoring (FPM) and Awarded School Improvement Grant (SIG)
  • Member of Kern Instructional Collaborative (Kern County Superintendent of Schools)
  • Member of Learning To Teach Advisory (Bakersfield City School District)

Awards and Honors

  • Invited Keynote Speaker — Best Results for English Learners, Tulare County Office of Education, Fresno, CA; November 2015
  • Education Professor of the Year, West Kern Association of California Administrators, 2008
  • Kappan of the Year, Kern Phi Delta Kappa Chapter, 2006

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Professional/Scholarly Presentation, Florida Council, Teachers of English, 90th Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL; October 2014 (Blind Peer-Reviewed) Published Conference Proceedings
  • Professional/Scholarly Presentation, California Association, Teachers of English Annual Meeting, Costa Mesa, CA; February 2016 (Blind Peer-Reviewed) Published Conference Proceedings
  • Practitioner Presentation, Lutheran Educators’ Southwestern Region (AZ, NV, CA) Conference, La Quinta, CA; November 2016