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Department Chairs

We’ve compiled useful resources available at Austin Community College (ACC) to support department chairs. If you would like to suggest additional resources please email


TLED Department Chair Retreat – RSVP TODAY!

Please join us for a Department Chair Retreat and Work Session on key areas of the teaching and learning process supported by the Teaching & Learning Excellence Division (TLED) on Friday, June 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Defense Technology Acceleration Center (DTAC), Mulit-purpose Room 3340 at the Rio Grande Campus (RGC).

Lunch is included.

Please contact with any questions.



You will have the opportunity to gain information and resources on:

    • Articulation and University Relations
    • Credit for Prior Learning / Prior Learning Assessment
    • Experiential Learning
    • Academic Technology for Students and Faculty
    • Faculty Communication Channels and Options
    • Faculty Development and Evaluation
    • Curriculum Management and Support – Schedule Development, LMI, Badging, Curriculum Services, and Course Materials (Inclusive Access, Textbooks, OER, materials)
    • Library Services – Academic Support and Resources

We will share information and useful tools on a variety of key topics with the goals of:

(1) Raising awareness of available resources and services

(2) Identifying the utility of support areas aligned with departmental needs

(3) Facilitating access to supporting materials and personnel

We look forward to spending the day with you!

RSVP HERE           *         ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR

Unable to Attend the Retreat on the 14th?

Key parts of the work session will be recorded and shared with attendees and invitees afterward. Additionally, meetings with Dr. Susan Warner-Sanchez can be scheduled by sending an email to Miguel DeLeon at

Department Chair Academy

Department Chairs (DCs) are college leaders committed to advancing the College’s mission, departmental programs, and student success. Chairs are entrusted with building an enriching, supportive, equitable environment for students, faculty, and staff. To support these college leaders, the College offers the Department Chair Academy for department chairs entering into this role for the first time or those who would like a refresher. The Academy is a one-year commitment focused on five learning modules, three additional boot camps, and three college-wide gatherings for new and current department chairs.

As a member of the Academy, participants will find a cohort of support from other new department chairs led by an experienced chair who shares tools and resources and guides new chairs through their first year. Members of the DC Academy will:

    • Develop and enhance department chair leadership skills identified in the American Association of Community College’s (AAAC) Competencies for Community College Leaders
    • Engage in an atmosphere that allows for personal growth through self-reflection, relationship-building, and collaborative work
    • Locate and use tools and resources necessary to complete department chair tasks
    • Engage in chair-to-chair discussions and have full support throughout their DC journey

New Chairs may contact the Faculty Development Office ( or their Dean for more information.

Faculty Values

Faculty Values Supporting Student Success

ACC Faculty Values play a significant role in the professional development and programming of faculty development and more at ACC.

Learn More

Request a Faculty Development Workshop

Department chairs can request a faculty development workshop for their departments. To request a workshop to be presented to your department:

    1. Review the list of workshops below.
    2. Submit the Faculty Development Workshop Request Form.

Please email the Office of Faculty Development with any questions.

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TLED Website Tours Available

The Office of Faculty Communications is available to give virtual tours of the Teaching & Learning Excellence Division (TLED) website at department meetings.
This robust resource is tailored to give faculty all the resources they need to be successful in a one-stop-shop.

Request Tour

Department Chair Events

For the latest events and training, please visit the TLED Calendar and choose the “DeptChair” tag to view a list of available offerings.

Departmental Snapshots

On May 6th, 2021, the Vice President of Institutional Research and Analytics, Dr. Jenna Cullinane-Hege, and AVPs Dr. Gaye Lynn Scott and Dr. Gretchen Riehl, presented an update on the Department Snapshots. If you missed it, you can watch the recording.

Watch Recording

Instructional Leadership Data Workshop

For those who were unable to attend, these are resources and forms shared during the Instructional Leadership Data Workshop. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Susan Thomason (

Labor Market Information Training

Department Chairs can request a meeting with Daniel Chupe-O’hanlon to receive training on Labor Market Information data.

Required: You must be logged into your ACC Gmail Account for access.

Request LMI Meeting

Note: The LMI meeting request is a calendar. Please click to a future week to find an open slot. If choices do not meet your schedule, please email to request a different date/time.


Curriculum and Programs

Program Review

Austin Community College’s Program Review process for instructional units provides a framework to guide the reflective evaluation of the content, quality, and effectiveness of program curriculum, an essential part of academic stewardship. Program review enhances and ensures the quality of teaching we provide and learning we expect from our students.

Course Schedule

Use the public course schedule to browse upcoming course sections by academic discipline, campus, instructor, and other categories.

ACC Catalog

To send updates for the latest ACC Catalog content, please submit this form. For any questions, please email

Updating Program Maps

Visit the Program Maps Process pages to:

  • Submit updates to a program map
  • Create a program map for a new program

For questions about the program maps process, please contact:

Georgia Branch, Specialist
Phone: (512) 223-7091

Instructional Materials

Open Educational Resources

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Open Educational Resources (OER) are low-cost or free resources in the public domain that are used for teaching, learning and research. They include a variety of content and formats under Creative Commons or open use licensing, from textbooks to simulations to assessment tools. OER are an option for faculty to teach their courses. OER offers reduced or zero cost to students when it comes to course books and other materials.

Open Educational Resources (OER) at ACC

ACC Copyright & Fair Use

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The Copyright & Fair Use site provides information to understand and comply with the United States Copyright Laws.


Courtney Mlinar (ACC Copyright Officer)
Elgin Campus Library
Phone: 512-223-9433

Master Syllabi Repository

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The Master Syllabi Repository maintains a listing of all master syllabi for ACC courses listed by department. Also, includes information on developing your syllabi and templates for syllabus creation.


Stacks of booksThe Adoption & Insight Portal (AIP) is Barnes and Noble’s textbook selection software (B&N manages ACC’s brick and mortar bookstores). It offers a more streamlined integration between ACC’s textbook selection process and B&N’s order management system. Using AIP will also help students view the correct information (textbook and associated costs) when they click on the ‘Textbooks’ links provided in ACC’s online Course Schedule and ensure that B&N has the correct books/materials available for students.

Access the Adoption and Insight Portal

Need help? Contact the Office of Academic Technology by submitting this request form.

All staffed sections are required to have materials/textbooks ordered by the first day of registration for each semester.

For specific instructions on ordering textbooks, please contact your department.

Get Help with Your Departmental Website

Do you need to update your departmental website? Or a new one? The Instructional Web Projects team develops websites that provide current ACC students a seamless web experience as they navigate instructional programs online to access the information and resources needed for their continued success.

View the IWP Portfolio


Request Services/Support

Complete an Instructional Web Service Request form to request an intake meeting for your project.

Faculty Evaluation

The Office of Faculty Evaluation establishes timelines, and procedures to help ACC complete evaluations for faculty counselors, full-time/adjunct faculty, and faculty librarians. Faculty evaluation is conducted annually.

Visit Faculty Evaluation

Course Evaluation

The course evaluation process is lead and supported by the Office of Faculty Evaluation. Course evaluations are conducted every semester and required for each course. A Course Evaluation FAQ page is also available.

Visit Course Evaluation

Updating Course Evaluation Info

To request changes to the course evaluation course/instructor information, please use the form below.

Request Form


Access ACC’s page with university-specific information, including transfer and equivalency guides with links to help students with planning transfer toward a bachelor’s degree. A complete list of all the articulation agreements between ACC and university partners can also be found on this page.


Please email


Austin Community College District is committed to meeting the needs of business and industry by preparing students to be competent and employable upon completion of an ACC Associate Degree or Certificate program.

ACC uses a process called the Austin Competency Analysis Profile (ACAP) to systematically determine the skills and competencies required for entry into a field of study. These competencies form the basis for curriculum in several programs.

The Austin Competency Analysis Profile (ACAP) is a process for conducting an analysis for a targeted area of study. Eight to ten Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) work with a team of trained facilitators to determine the competencies needed to become proficient in the field of study. The product of the ACAP process is a report detailing the competencies or outcomes required in the field.

The ACAP Report can be used in several ways. The main purpose of the report is to provide a basis for developing, validating and revising the curriculum for programs to meet current needs in a field of study. Because the ACAP Report defines Units, Competencies, and Competency Builders, it provides a clear transition into course/program curricula.

Courses can be aligned quickly and easily using the competencies identified in an ACAP Report for program areas. ACC instructional designers have worked with several programs to make this alignment. The process takes only a couple of hours. If you have an ACAP Report for your program area and would like to make this alignment, or if you would like to request an ACAP for your program, please email


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ACC Human Resources

ACC Human Resources serves ACC employees in a variety of ways and offers a wide range of institutional programs.