Earning A’s: Faculty and staff activities, accomplishments, and accolades

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

Learning about teaching

Dr. Samuel Echevarria-Cruz, chair of the Sociology Program; Charlotte Gullick, chair of the Creative Writing Program; and Dr. Shirin Khosropour, professor of psychology, recently attended the Global Citizenship Alliance seminar in Potsdam, Germany. Participants discussed strategies for advancing global education and cultivating global citizenship.

teachlearngroupaug16Four faculty were nominated by their colleagues in the Faculty Center Advisory Group to attend the Teaching and Learning National Institute. ACC was one of 30 two-year and four-year institutions attending the event. Attendees were (pictured, l-r): Dr. Wayne Butler, adjunct professor of business and technical communications; Jill Bosche, assistant adjunct professor of English and student development; Provost Dr. Charles Cook (who accompanied the group); Gale Spear, professor of child care and development; and Dr. David Lydic, interim dean of communications. Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Director Dr. Missi Patterson, will work with team members to turn strategies learned into goals for the FCTL.

Opening doors to opportunity

engagecubaDr. Molly Beth Malcolm, vice president of external affairs, is a founding member of the Engage Cuba Texas State Council. The group advocates for expanding trade with Cuba to provide economic and educational opportunities for Texans. Council members represent a broad range of private and public sector businesses and organizations.

bedside chatIn print

Vice President of Human Resources Geraldine Tucker’s essay “Make Workplace a Fulfilling Place for Your Soul” appeared in the July 9 edition of the Austin American-Statesman. The essay discusses ways to nurture a sense of balance and satisfaction at work. Tucker also published “Bedside Chat: A Book of Meditation & Inspiration.” It is available on Amazon.com.

Honoring achievement in science

Dr. Rodney Rohde

Dr. Rodney Rohde

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, adjunct associate professor of biology, received the Bio-Rad Professional Achievement Award in Microbiology and Public Health from the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). The award recognizes outstanding professional achievement of an ASCLS member within his or her chosen area of academic, scientific, or vocational interest.

Sharing Expertise

History Professor Andres Tijerina presented “In the Shadow of the Dome: Slave Life in Austin, Texas,” at the Austin History Center in June. The presentation examined slave life and emancipation as recorded by the Travis County Slave Narratives in the 1930s.

Promoting ACC

Arturo Jaimes, professor of heating air conditioning and refrigeration technology, discussed job opportunities in the field on KVUE-TV. View the interview.

Loretta Edelen, director of community outreach, discussed Juneteenth and the Sounds of Freedom festival at Eastview Campus on KEYE-TV. See the interview.

Taking the ALA helm

Dr. Julie Todaro, dean of library services, recently began her tenure as president of the American Library Association. Read about her initiative Libraries Transform: The Expert in the Library in American Libraries magazine.

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

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