Earning A's: Faculty and Staff Activities, Accomplishments, & Accolades

This regular feature recognizes the activities and honors received by ACC faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below.

Shirin Khosropour

Psychology Professor Dr. Shirin Khosropour is the first community college faculty member to be accepted into the International Peace and Security Institute Bologna Symposium. Khosropour, who serves as coordinator for the college’s proposed Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies Program, this summer will participate in four weeks of training in peace-building and conflict management.

Dr. Mark Cunningham, adjunct professor of radio, television & film, was a panelist at a recent public roundtable and discussion of the film “Twelve Years a Slave.” The event was co-hosted by the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

History Professor Dr. Andrés Tijerina is working with Emilio Zamora of UT-Austin to co-direct a project to increase the number of entries on Mexican-American history in the Handbook of Texas, published by the Texas State Historical Association. Latino history professors are encouraged to contribute. Read about the project or contact Tijerina, andrest@austincc.edu, for information.

Carol Hayman

Carol Hayman, adjunct professor of anthropology, will lead a group to Lima, Peru, this summer to explore the city beyond its tourist attractions. Hayman chairs the Austin-Lima sister-city committee, which also raises money for charity projects, including an organization that helps young mothers in Lima.

Cypress Creek Campus Manager Linda Haywood was a finalist for the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

Victoria Suescum

Victoria Suescum, associate professor of art, was featured along with her husband in a San Antonio Express-News article about their dual art careers and recent joint art exhibit. Their work was on display at San Antonio’s REM Gallery in January and February. Suescum has taught at ACC since 2006. Read the article.

Nita Hazle, adjunct professor of biology, recently discussed the ecological diversity of the state’s Enchanted Rock formation and the importance of protecting it at the Hill Country chapter of Texas Master Naturalists. Hazle teaches at ACC’s Fredericksburg Center.

Darla Johnson

Darla Johnson, adjunct professor of dance, has been invited to speak at the World Dance Alliance Global Summit in Angers, France this summer. Johnson and fellow choreographer and educator Nicole Wesley are founders of The Justice Project, which gives students the opportunity to explore perspectives on justice by translating their writings, discussions, and readings into dance. Currently, The Justice Project is working with students at McCallum Fine Arts Academy in Austin.

More than 140 faculty and staff are included in ACC’s first Achievements of Faculty & Staff publication. The 2012-2013 edition includes those who have earned awards or recognition on the national, regional, state, and local level as well as those who have presented, authored, exhibited, added to their educational credentials, and received grants or sabbaticals. View the 2012-2013 Achievements of Faculty & Staff. Details about submitting information for the 2013-2014 Achievements publication will be provided in the coming weeks.

Do you know a faculty or staff member who has accomplished something notable in or outside the classroom or in their community? We want to hear about them. Contact Jennifer Powers, jpowers@austincc.edu.

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