2018-2019 Digital Fellows
The Office of the Provost made available Digital Fellowships to full-time and adjunct faculty in the 2018-2019 academic year. The goal of the program was to research and apply mobile technology through the use of iPads® and digital resources to improve student learning outcomes, student persistence and completion.
- Implement instructional strategies for delivery of content, practice, interaction, or assessment.
- Research and select a digital product, strategy, or tool/resource
- Implement the selected digital product, strategy, or tool/resource in a gateway or core course
- Assess the impact of the digital intervention upon student learning in at least one of the Texas Core Objectives
- Design and deliver a faculty summer institute relative to the digital intervention and findings.
Below are the digital fellows followed by an overview of the program activities.
Meet the 2018-2019 ACC Digital Fellows
ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
ENGLISH; STUDENT DEVELOPMENT; AND ADULT EDUCATION DIVISIONS
Attorney Ackers is a Family Law Lawyer specializing in Children in the States care, child custody disputes, divorces involving spousal support, child support, business division, retirement division, and real property rights.
In 2015, Samantha began working at Austin Community College and Huston-Tillotson University – Austin, Texas as an Adjunct Professor and Legal Coach/Consultant. Professor Ackers has shown a commitment to working with issues involving access to justice to persons who cannot afford legal representation and enjoys offering Pro Se’ Coaching Services to persons who cannot afford to hire an attorney for full representation.
Presently, Samantha Serves as:
- Life Coach; Divorce Coach ; Mediator
- Adjunct Associate Professor – English; Student Development; and Adult Education Divisions
- ACC Digital Faculty Fellow 2018-19
- Mentor – ACC Ascender Program
- President – Adjunct Faculty Association, Austin Community College
BA – PHILOSOPHY/ENGLISH LITERATURE (XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA)
MA – TEACHING EDUCATION/ENGLISH (XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA)
JD – SOCIAL JUSTICE-EDUCATION REFORM/FAMILY LAW (SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER)
Sherry Blum received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991.and has been teaching in the Philosophy, Religion and Humanities Department at Austin Community College since 1995. She is the head of the Faculty Evaluation and Faculty Development committees for her department. She is a life-long learner, whose recent courses as a student at ACC include Conceptual Physics I and II, and Arabic 1-4.
PROFESSOR PROFESSIONAL NURSING
I have been in nursing for 44 years now. My BSN is from the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston. I have my masters as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. My Doctor of Nursing Practice is from University of Alabama Tuscaloosa.
I taught at the UT School of Nursing in 1988, Duchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, New York in nursing from 1989-1991. Then, at the UT School of Nursing from 1996-2000 and at ACC since 2001-to present in the ADN Program.
PROFESSOR INTEGRATED READING AND WRITING
Patricia Dungan has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She has been teaching English for thirty years. Before teaching at the community college, she taught junior high and high school. She enjoys reading about brain-based learning and is inspired by the work of Carol Dweck, Rita Smilkstein, and John Medina. She has been married for thirty-three years and has two cats and a seven-month old Chiweenie puppy.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR MATHEMATICS
Mary Gilmer has been a Math Adjunct faculty member at ACC for over 20 years. In this fellowship, she is exploring how guided notes, notetaking and videos have assisted students in learning College Algebra. This research is useful for all departments, and has worked well.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR COMMUNICATION STUDIES
Professor Harries has been a Professor of Communication Studies for over 20 years, and has been a long time faculty member of ACC’s Honors Program, creating and teaching the first Honors distance learning class. Professor Harries is a communication consultant and a published writer and poet. Areas of expertise include Interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, public speaking small group, organizational communication, and international business in the EU. Professor Harries is from Kansas City, Missouri, and is a loyal Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros fan.
Originally from Panama, the artist now lives in San Antonio and is Professor of Art at Austin Community College. Suescum earned an MFA from the University of Texas, San Antonio , and her BA from Wellesley College. She also attended the New York Studio School and the Wesleyan University Program in Paris.
Her work has been exhibited internationally since 1983 in biennales and other venues in Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Italy, Korea, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic and the United States.
Exhibition highlights include official participation in the 50th Venice Biennale, “Crosscurrents Contemporary Painting from Panama, 1968-1998” which opened in New York City’s America’s Society, and “Del Centro a la Isla” at the Casa de las Americas in Cuba.
Honors include a residency at the MacDowell Colony. Suescum has served as visiting artist, guest speaker and panelist. Including serving as Secretary to the Board of the grass roots Blue Star Art Space in San Antonio, TX. and the youth arts organization, SAY Si.
ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR STUDENT DEVELOPMENT & ENGLISH
Professor Rosa Vaca is an Adjunct Professor of the Student Development department. She is also a proud graduate of the 2017 “Project Active and Collaborative Communities” (Project ACC). Her M.A. is from St. Edwards University in College Student Development.
Ph.D in Physics, The University of Texas at Austin BA in Physics, Rice University
I was first hired at ACC in 1987 as an adjunct faculty member in Math. I was hired as a full time instructor in Math in September, 1993. I began establishing the Physics Department at the Northridge campus beginning in the summer of 1994, and became the Department Head in January, 1996, remaining in that post until Department Head positions were eliminated by the college. I served as college-wide Physical Science Chair for the 98-99 school year. In 2001 I decided that I needed some time away from ACC. I worked for year for Prentice Hall and then took on a teaching job at Aims Community College in Greeley, Co. I missed Austin and was rehired at ACC in Fall, 2004. I am currently Professor of Physics.
When not working, I like to read, cook, hike, ski, and watch movies and football. My brother and I are currently trying to hike state high points. So far I’ve highpointed Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Kansas.
Digital fellows researched and trained in the use of iPads in the classroom. iPads were provided.
The fellows assessed the impact of the digital intervention upon student learning in at least one of the Texas core objectives:
- critical thinking
- quantitative reasoning
- personal responsibility
- social responsibility
The assessments will utilize a common rubric design based on the VALUE rubrics of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. (http://www.aacu.org/value/rubrics)
Compensation: $1,000 stipend
Research, Development and Training
The program will include monthly meetings in-person and online interaction in Blackboard ® totaling 30 hours.
- August 24 – Welcome and Program Launch, iPad Basics, Texas Core Objectives
- September 21 – Overview and Research Examples of Successful iPad Initiatives
- Apple Austin Campus, 5505 W Parmer Lane (12:30 – 4:00 pm)
- October 19 – Instructional strategies for mobile learning with iPads
- HBC 411 (1-4 pm)
- November 9 – Digital Resources for iPads
- HBC 301 (1-4 pm)
- December 7 – Finalize project plans and logistics for spring courses
- Apple Austin Campus, 5505 W Parmer Lane (12:30 – 4:00 pm)
Compensation: 3 LEH release time for FT faculty or equivalent stipend for adjunct faculty
Implement intervention, gather data on effect, conduct analysis of results and develop improvement plan
Online interactions and Web Conferences will be scheduled as needed.
- January 11 – Project and Semester Kick-Off Meeting
- February – Monitor student progress
- March – Monitor student progress
- April – Gather preliminary data on implementation, student outcomes, Texas core objective outcomes, and post findings in Blackboard©
- May – Gather final data on implementation, student outcomes, Texas core objective outcomes, and post findings in Blackboard®. Meet to plan faculty institute and develop corresponding Blackboard® site
- June – Host faculty Summer Institute led by the Digital Fellows