Group Photo (All) Front Left to Right: Shasta Buchanan, Shirin Khosorpour, Diana Hernandez-Quinonez, Pat Recek, Deborah Hoag; Second Row Left to Right: Nancy Hernandez, Michelle Fitzpatrick, Beverly Bishop, Rick Thompson, President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes, Katharine Bennett, Richard Griffiths, Celeste Rios; Third Row Left to Right: Arun John, Cameron Addis, Kathy Nabona

Congratulations to our 2018 ACC Awards Recipients: From Left to Right: Nancy Hernandez, Arun John, Michelle Fitzpatrick, Cameron Addis, Beverly Bishop, Kathy Nabona, Rick Thompson, Shasta Buchanan, President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes, Shirin Khosorpour, Katharine Bennett, Diana Hernandez-Quinonez, Richard Griffiths, Pat Recek, Celeste Rios, Deborah Hoag; Not pictured: Joey Offer, Tim Strouse

The ACC Annual Awards Dinner

Each year the President/CEO and the ACC Board of Trustees honor outstanding Austin Community College faculty and staff who have been selected for Leadership and Teaching Excellence Awards. The 2018 ACC Awards Dinner will be hosted on Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at the Hyatt from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Foothills Ballroom, located at the top of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Austin, Texas.  This awards dinner is a wonderful celebration of the hard work and leadership of these dedicated ACC faculty and staff members.

2018 Award Recipients

The Leadership Awards (click here for more info)

ACC celebrates outstanding Staff who demonstrate strong leadership and who have gone above and beyond the duties listed in their job description for the ACC community.

Classified Employee of the Year:
Nancy Hernandez
Senior Administrative Assistant, Computer Science & Information Technology

Professional-Technical Employee of the Year:
Katharine Bennett
Specialist, High School Programs Advising & Completion

Administrator of the Year:
Pat Recek
Dean, Health Sciences

President’s Leadership Excellence Award Winner:
Shasta Buchanan
Executive Director, High School Relations

Faculty Leader of the Year:
Joey Offer
Professor, Mathematics

NISOD Excellence Awards (click here for more info)

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has emphasized the importance of teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. Recipients of the NISOD Excellence Award are recognized at the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, and this award honors the world’s best in higher education.  Please join us in congratulating the following ACC faculty and staff members receiving the NISOD Excellence Award.

Cameron Addis
Professor, History

Katharine Bennett
Specialist, High School Programs Advising & Completion

Beverly Bishop
Adjunct, Professor, Allied Health Science

Michelle Fitzpatrick
Department Chair/Associate Professor, Hospitality, Meeting & Event Planning/Tourism

Richard Griffiths
Adjunct, Professor, Psychology and Student Development

Nancy Hernandez
Senior Administrative Assistant, Computer Science & Information Technology

Diana Hernandez-Quinonez
Adjunct, Assistant Professor, Student Development

Deborah Hoag
Adjunct, Associate Professor, Government

Arun John
Associate Professor, English

Kathy Nabona
Professor, Chemistry

Rick Thompson
Professor, Human Services

Teaching Excellence Awards (click here for more info)

The ACC Teaching Excellence Awards honor one full-time and one adjunct faculty member who promote special learning opportunities, student interaction, depth/breadth of knowledge in a subject area and innovation. Nominations are made by students, faculty and staff and the honorees. Recipients are selected by committee and presented with an award and a $1000 cash prize.

Teaching Excellence Full-Time Faculty Award:
Tim Strouse
Professor, Welding

Teaching Excellence Adjunct Faculty Award:
Celeste Rios
Adjunct, Professor, Government

eFaculty of the Year Award  (click here for more info)

This award recognizes an outstanding ACC Faculty member who has creatively utilized appropriate Internet-based technologies to teach online and/or hybrid courses at 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.

Michelle Fitzpatrick
Department Chair/Associate Professor, Hospitality, Meeting & Event Planning/Tourism

The Piper Professor Nominee Award (click here for more info)

The Piper Professor Nominee Award is a statewide award that recognizes outstanding full-time faculty in the teaching profession. Higher education institutions must be invited to submit a nominee and only ten professors are selected to receive this award each year. Awards of $5,000 are given to those selected for their superior teaching at the college level.

Shirin Khosropour
Professor, Psychology

The John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards (click here for more info)

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.

Shasta Buchanan
Executive Director, High School Relations
President’s Leadership Excellence Award Winner

Shirin Khosropour
Professor, Psychology
Piper Professor Nominee

Joey Offer
Professor, Mathematics
Faculty Leader of the Year

Pat Recek
Dean, Health Sciences
Administrator of the Year

Celeste Rios
Adjunct Professor, Government
Teaching Excellence Adjunct Faculty Award

Tim Strouse
Professor, Welding
Teaching Excellence Full-Time Faculty Award


For questions please contact:
Faculty and Instructional Development Office
(512) 223-7582
facdev@austincc.edu

Venue Information:
Hyatt Regency Austin
Foothills Ballroom
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX
(512) 477-1234
austin.hyatt.com

Past Awards Dinner Photos

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