ACC fills brand new key positions in the Teaching & Learning Excellence Division

Previously 12+ separate offices, the Teaching & Learning Excellence Division (TLED) has undergone a couple of reorganizations since Dr. Susan Thomason’s start as Associate Vice President in December 2016. TLED has reviewed, revised, and realigned many roles under its umbrella, and recently hired several new employees to further this effort.

Dr. Chantae Recasner joins ACC as Dean of Faculty & Instructional Development with over eleven years experience teaching English & literature, serving as a Consultant-Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission, and more recently directed Cincinnati State’s Center for Teaching & Learning.

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In her position, Dr. Recasner is responsible for leading the Office of Faculty & Instructional Development, which includes Instructional Design, Faculty Programs, Faculty Evaluations, Classroom Media Support, and the Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning. She will serve as the principle leader for establishing and managing a teaching, learning, and working environment for all college faculty and instructional development operations, services, and resources.

“I am honored and excited to serve in a position from which I can advocate and provide support and care for faculty specifically and quality instructional practice in general,” says Dr. Recasner. “Teaching is art at best and an imperfect science at worst. I get to support the creativity and innovation that make it possible; I get to have backstage access to the magic of facilitating learning.”

Dr. Recasner received a PhD in Education from the University of Cincinnati, and holds Master Degrees in Business in Operational Excellence, Teaching & Learning, and African American & African Studies from Ohio State University.

Nova Fritts joins ACC as College Schedule Coordinator with experience in operations management, website support, and team training. She will oversee the implementation and application of Ad Astra software that will exponentially improve the way that the college schedules classes and events.

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As a part of TLED’s Office of Curriculum Development, Nova will work closely with academic units to provide operational support, guidance, data analyses and training in the development of the academic schedule of classes and assignment of instructional space for classes and events for all ACC campus programs.

“I am super excited to be supporting community education in my home town of Austin, and really look forward to learning new things while I master my new role at ACC,” says Nova, “I have fond teenage memories of shopping at Highland Mall, and it’s really amazing to be a part of this new chapter of positive change in the area.”

Nova started her educational journey at Austin Community College and earned an Associate of Applied Sciences in Visual Communication before continuing on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Western Governors University.

Tasha Hussey joins ACC as Learning Management System (LMS) Analyst and brings almost 20 years of experience in higher education. Her background includes online teaching, instructional technology and design, learning management systems administration, and web development.

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As a part of TLED’s Office of Distance & Alternative Education, Tasha will be responsible for researching new capabilities of the college LMS, auditing LMS data to inform decisions on instructional strategies used in Blackboard, and will provide consultations to faculty on best practices and use of LMS to support student success.

“I am most excited about being able to work with faculty to help leverage the learning management system’s existing features or recommend alternative technology solutions to engage their students and help improve their overall success,” says Tasha.

Tasha holds a Masters in Computer Information Systems from Texas A&M University-Central Texas (formerly Tarleton State University-Central Texas) and a Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Central Texas College.

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