ACC congratulates teaching, leadership award recipients

Austin Community College congratulates the recipients of the following annual awards recognizing excellence in teaching and leadership.

“These faculty, staff, and administrators are outstanding and contribute so much to our ACC community through their hard work,” says ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes. “Their commitment to our mission and students is evident in the insight and energy they bring to their roles.”

Recipients will be honored at the ACC awards dinner Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Austin. Visit the Faculty Development website for details about the dinner and to purchase tickets.

Leadership Awards

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

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.

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

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.

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  

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 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

Piper Professor Nominee Award

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.

Shirin Khosropour, Professor, Psychology

The John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards

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 the Faculty and Instructional Development Office by phone at  (512) 223-7582 or email at facdev@austincc.edu.

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