Faculty Excellence Awardees

Two faculty members, Carrie Hutchinson, Ph.D and Joshua Escobar were honored as Faculty Excellence Award recipients for the 2022-2023 school year. Here's what their colleagues had to say about them.

Carrie Hutchinson, Ph.D
Carrie was nominated by her colleague Kana Petrosian for her excellence supporting students, faculty and the larger College community. Here is a short piece that was written about her in her nomination:
"Dr. Hutchinson has been teaching at SBCC for about 18 years, since 2005. And I think this length of service itself is admirable and deserves recognition. She's been very successful in all areas of her life and her professional success and community and business involvement itself is very inspirational for faculty and students alike. These continuous and consistent efforts in bettering communities and students' lives are invaluable and I think Dr. Hutchinson is very deserving of this award."
"Carrie has been very inspirational to me and I've been significantly impacted and influenced by her career and expertise." -Kana Petrosian 

Joshua Escobar
Joshua was nominated by his colleague Melissa Menendez for his excellence supporting students, faculty and the larger College community. Here is a short piece that was written about him in his nomination:
"Joshua has given so much of his time, passion, and heart in serving our department and students and much of his hard work and commitment has been uncompensated and sometimes I fear unrecognized. Joshua, like many great teachers, does it all for the students and his passion for sharing knowledge and inspiring creativity. He deserves some recognition for all that he has accomplished in such a short time before even receiving tenure."

More about Carrie Hutchinson

In addition to her paid work as a faculty member, Dr. Hutchinson dedicates a substantial amount of her time and curriculum design expertise to offer accessible and cost-free learning materials to the public, including a free series for youth called Equity Mindset Training for Aspiring Change Agents, and several free books including Leadership for an Inclusive Society and Change Agent Toolkit. When SBCC transitioned online during COVID-19 she co-designed the campus wide training Online Teaching with an Equity Mindset with her colleague Dr. Clara Oropeza, which is now a requirement for all new online teachers at SBCC and available to the public for free on her website. Dr. Hutchinson is passionate about making education inclusive and accessible for all, and the materials for both her credit and noncredit courses at SBCC are designated as Zero-Cost. In addition to her scholarly work, she co-founded the Santa Barbara Chapter of the national organization Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) as well as a local chapter of the gender equity organization Together Women Rise. Carrie is donating the money from her Faculty Excellence award to the SBCC Umoja Community. You can learn more about her on Episode 33 of the SBCC Vaquero Voices podcast.

More about Joshua Escobar

Over the past couple of years, Escobar has worked to grow the Creative Writing program. He co-founded with Emma Trelles the student-run magazine Open Fruit. Under his directorship, a number of celebrated artists have visited campus including Juan Felipe Herrera, Carmen Giménez, Saidiya Hartman, Edwidge Danticat, Susan Straight. He collaborates with the Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and Greywolf Press on an artist residency, events on campus and in the community. Last year with Kim Monda, Abby Pasley, and Chris Brown, he launched the English Peer Tutoring and Mentoring Project, which combined "emotional" support with in-person drop-in writing support in the Learning Resources Center. Escobar has also worked to reimagine and inspire students in English after statewide legislation removed all barriers to college-level composition. This effort included organizing a Latinx/e Heritage Month reading series, and professional development sessions with university professors, performing artists, and practicing writers through the RISE Initiative. He is working with Darin Gerrard and Michelle Detorrie to launch the Multimodal Lab this fall. As the Director of MET, the English Department's equity program, he is also starting a One Book program featuring UCSB sociologist and former advisor to the Obama Administration Dr. Victor Rios. 

In addition to teaching at Santa Barbara City College, Escobar is at work on the novel Demons of Eminence as the recipient of the inaugural Bo Huston prize, which was founded to honor Bo who died of AIDS at the age of 34. Bareback Nightfall, his first book, was a finalist for the 2020 California Book Award in poetry. He is the author of the chapbooks xxox fm and Caljforkya Voltage. He was a 2020 Shandaken: Storm King fellow and his zine Orange Mercury appeared in the exhibit "Publishing Against the Grain" organized by Independent Curators International. He graduated from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. The poet Leila Ortiz describes his work as "out of context and close to the heart."