Dr. Ayala is currently the Interim Dean of Student Success at Evergreen Valley College. Previously, she worked at the National Hispanic University where she served as a both a faculty member and an administrator. She has taught courses in United States History, Ethnic Studies, Chicana/o history, Cultural Geography, and World History. She has served as Department Chair for General Education and Liberal Studies where she oversaw curriculum development and faculty. As Vice Provost, she assisted the Provost in the area of faculty governance, policy development and implementation, and student petition and appeals.

Her educational accomplishments include: Ph.D. in History, University of Texas at Austin; M.A. in History, University of Texas at Austin; B.A. in History with a minor in Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley. And her research interests include Borderland history, Ethnoracial relations in the U.S., Chicana/o history.

Currently, she is a board member for the Chicana Latina Foundation, a member of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) where she served two terms as national chair, and member of other national organizations in History and Chicana Studies.