Faculty Forum: Forging Career Paths for ACC Faculty, Event Results

The Teaching and Learning Excellence Division (TLED) has been taking a closer look at the faculty experience and what that means for new professors, mid-career instructors, and seasoned faculty at Austin Community College District.

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We hosted a Faculty Forum on October 27th, giving all ACC faculty the opportunity to hear about the history of our faculty orientation and what successful community colleges do around the country for on-boarding. Our own history faculty member, Suzanne Summers, lead this presentation & the following dialogue. She started the discussion by asking attendees to recall what it was like when they were new to ACC. Twenty-six faculty members from diverse disciplines were in attendance.

This forum served as a time for faculty to give us input on the ideas we have for improvement. Suggestions focussed on creating a sense of community, collegiality, and celebrating/considering the diverse experiences we bring with us when we start at a new institution. One of the faculty members in attendance, David Lauderback, described it best when he said that onboarding is the “beginning of a conversation with faculty as they start a relationship with the college.”

We’re excited to apply this feedback from faculty to our future plans.

See a full list of attendees below.

Last Name First Name Department Classification
Ackers Samantha English & Student Development Adjunct
Aguilar Mario Paralegal Full-Time
Bailey Shannon English for Spkrs of Oth Lang Full-Time
Bocknack Brian Chemistry Full-Time
Brooks Janet Art Full-Time
Burns Jackie Psychology Adjunct
Flores Kristina Mathematics Full-Time
Hatcher Patricia Humanities Full-Time
King Henry Auto Tech & Outdoor Power Eq Full-Time
Kumassah Livingstone Economics Full-Time
Lauderback David History Full-Time
Listi Jessica Adult Education Adjunct
Luckstead Jon Library Services Full-Time
Melvin Lea Nursing Full-Time
Moragne Sukisha Student Services Full-Time
Morris Donald General Studies Full-Time
Nation John Nursing Full-Time
Pintar Elizabeth Anthropology Full-Time
Porter Sarah Student Services Full-Time
Purcell Allan History Full-Time
Quereau Tobin Student Development Full-Time
Sarantakes Nicholas Marketing Full-Time
Spear Gale Child Care & Development Full-Time
Tolan William Professional Photography Full-Time
Waterston Gillian Mathematics Full-Time
Wauchope Julie Integrated Reading & Writing Full-Time

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