Awards Info

ACC Teaching Excellence Award Information

ACC Teaching Excellence Awards honor full-time and adjunct faculty who promote special learning opportunities, student interaction, and innovation. Other criteria are depth/breadth of knowledge in subject area and a profound teaching philosophy. Recipients are presented with an award at the Awards Dinner and have an opportunity to be recognized at commencement. Full-time and Adjunct faculty recipents each receive a $1000 cash award. Nominations are made by  faculty, staff and students. Award winners will be recognized at the Awards Dinner in April.

The John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award

John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award

In recognition of the long tradition of excellence in community college teaching and leadership, the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff. Selected by a committee, recipients will be recognized at an Awards Dinner at ACC and have the opportunity to attend the League for Innovations Conference in the Spring.

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NISOD Excellence Award

The National Institute for Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award program was established to support individual colleges’ recognition and celebration of their finest instructors. At its annual conference, NISOD recognizes more than 1,000 Excellence Awards recipients by formally presenting them with an excellence medallion and an awards booklet that recognizes and showcases their achievements. Every year, selected ACC faculty and staff receive recognition and are awarded the NISOD Excellence Award. For more information about the NISOD award, visit View the complete list of past Austin Community College recipients:

ACC NISOD Award Past Winners


Sabbatical leave is a privilege that is intended to benefit both the college and the employee. The President may grant this leave to staffing table employees. Leave may be granted for the purpose of personal and/or professional improvement, which will in turn benefit the college, through activities such as formal and informal study, acquisition of new skills, or keeping abreast of new technologies, research, and community service. Sabbatical Applications for Sabbatical leave* to be taken in FY19 are due on November 17, 2017 in the Faculty Development Office, c/o Christina Michura.

*Sabbatical leave is taken in the Fiscal year after application year. That is, if a Sabbatical leave application is requested in November of FY 18, it is for leave which will occur in FY 19.

Source: Administrative Rule 4.05.001 Sabbatical Leave

Guidelines/Procedures for AR 4.05.001 Sabbatical Leave:

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Leadership Awards Information

Leadership Award nominations deadline is November 20, 2017. Award winners will be announced in January and recognized at the Awards Dinner in April. An employee may be nominated for the following based on their job classification.

  • Classified Employee of the Year Award
  • Professional-Technical Employee of the Year Award
  • Administrator of the Year Award
  • Faculty Leader of the Year Award


Nominees for Classified Employee, Professional-Technical Employee, Administrator, and Faculty Leader of the Year awards should be those individuals who have gone above and beyond the duties listed in their job descriptions. They may:

  • Serve as mentors to their colleagues or staff members
  • Provide assistance beyond their normal duties to aid their department or the institution as a whole
  • Volunteer to help with institution-wide projects
  • Encourage their staff or colleagues to enhance their education and/or their professional skills
  • Provide superior internal and external customer service
  • Support the institution in a positive and optimistic manner
  • Represent the institution in a professional manner
  • Consistently seek improvement of their own skills

If you do not know someone’s classification, go to the directory and click on their name. Their classification will be listed under their job title. screenshot-dir-class2


Award winners will be honored at a reception and will receive the following:

  • A letter of thanks/congratulations from the President/CEO
  • Recognition at a Board of Trustees meeting
  • Recognition at Awards Dinner in April
  • A reserved parking space for one year at their campus

President’s Leadership Excellence Award

The recipient of this award is selected by the President/CEO for their outstanding leadership, service and dedication to Austin Community College. These individuals have been selected because of their outstanding service to the college that has gone beyond the duties listed in their job description.

eFaculty of the Year

This award recognizes an outstanding ACC Faculty member who has creatively utilized appropriate Internet-based technologies to teach online and/or hybrid courses in ACC. The recipient must have designed and taught one or more online or hybrid courses with an imaginative approach, well-designed course materials, instructional strategies, and a demonstrated rapport with the course participants. The recipient is presented with an award at the annual ACC Awards Dinner in the Spring. The recipient will also be sponsored to a distance learning conference in 2018. Nominations are made by faculty, instructional designers, and students.

1. Course Design – The nominee has created a well designed and structured course – (structure, weekly/module/unit learning objectives and instructional strategies).
2. Interaction and Collaboration – The nominee has demonstrated rapport with learners as well as other course participants (student/student and faculty/student interaction and collaboration).
3. Course Technology and Media value – The nominee has implemented a creative approach to one or more emerging instructional challenges through the use of technological tools – (tools and media to enhance student interaction and engagement).
4. Assessment- The nominee has demonstrated effectiveness in achieving desired learning outcomes by aligning assessments with course objectives – (assessing student learning outcomes in alignment with course objectives).

Courses must also score 85% on the Quality Matters Rubric:

Upon receipt, nominations will be evaluated by a selection panel made up of instructional designers, faculty, and students. The panel, to be convened by the Distance Learning Committee, will evaluate and select an exemplary online course using a rubric based upon the four selection criteria above.


Piper Professor Nominee Award

The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation is a prestigious statewide award honoring ten professors each academic year for their dedication to the teaching profession and for their outstanding academic, scientific, and scholarly achievement. Honorees are awarded certificates naming them “Piper Professors” together with cash honoraria of $5000.00 for each professor selected.


The purpose of these awards is to give recognition to the teaching profession rather than to research, publication, administration, or other such related activity, although these criteria are also considered by the Selection Committee. This award is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards bestowed upon faculty in the State of Texas. Only ten professors receive this award each year among a pool of approximately 10,000 educators. The Piper Professor Nominee Award deadline to nominate is October 31st, 2018.

Criteria for nominees:

  • Current additional or administrative duties
  • Service to the off-campus community
  • Particular effectiveness in the classroom and in personal contact with students
  • Unusual dedication to the profession of teaching

Once selected and notified, ACC’s nominee must submit a Piper Professor Nomination application to the Piper Foundation and the Foundation will officially announce award winners by May 2019. To honor the nominee, regardless of selection by the Piper Foundation, the Faculty Development will give the nominee a free registration to TCCTA’s Round-Up for Great Teaching in May 2019 and recognition at the annual ACC Awards Dinner in April. You can review what the selected nominee will have to compile once they are chosen by ACC’s committee at:

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact the Faculty Development, at 512-223-7885 or via email at

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U.S. Professors of the Year Awards
The U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program will go on hiatus, beginning in January 2016, as part of a year-long strategic planning process that the Council for Advancement and Support of Education launched in July 2015. Therefore, there will not be a call for nominations in January.

About the U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program

The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country—those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students. Sponsored by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. All undergraduate teachers in the United States, of any academic rank at any type of undergraduate institution, are eligible for the award. Entries are judged by top U.S. educators and other active participants in education. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education launched the awards program in 1981. That same year, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching began hosting the final round of judging, and in 1982, became the primary sponsor.

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