Visit TLED’s Teaching Online Continuity Guide to find resources and support for transitioning courses to a virtual learning environment. Collegewide updates are available on the Austin Community College COVID-19 webpage.

Search TLED
Search ACC
The ACC logo on the HLC building


ACC believes in recognizing those faculty who demonstrate outstanding teaching. The following awards are coordinated through the Faculty Development: ACC Teaching Excellence, the League Excellence Award (formerly Roueche Award), eFaculty of the Year Award, the NISOD Excellence Award, and the Minnie L. Stevens Piper Award nominations. Visit the ACC Annual Awards Celebration page for the 2020 award recipients. For any questions about the awards, please email: or call (512) 223-7216.

IMPORTANT: The nomination form requires that you spell the nominee’s name exactly as it is listed in the ACC Faculty and Staff Directory. Please access the ACC Faculty and Staff directory to verify the correct spelling.

ACC Teaching Excellence Award

ACC Teaching Excellence Awards honor full-time and adjunct faculty who promote special learning opportunities, student interaction, and innovation. Other criteria are depth/breadth of knowledge in subject area and a profound teaching philosophy.

Recipients are presented with an award at the Awards Celebration and have an opportunity to be recognized at commencement. Full-time and adjunct faculty recipients each receive a $1000 cash award. Nominations are made by faculty, staff and students. Award winners will be recognized at the Awards Celebration in July.

Nominations have closed.

ACC Leadership Awards

Leadership Award nominations deadline is November 4, 2019. Award winners will be announced in January and recognized at the Awards Celebration in July. An employee may be nominated for the following based on their job classification:

  • Classified Employee of the Year Award
  • Professional-Technical Employee of the Year Award
  • Administrator of the Year Award
  • Faculty Leader of the Year Award

Award winners will be honored at a reception and will receive the following:

  • A letter of thanks/congratulations from the President/CEO
  • Recognition at a Board of Trustees meeting
  • Recognition at the Awards Celebration in July
  • A reserved parking space for one year at their campus


Nominees for Classified Employee, Professional-Technical Employee, Administrator, and Faculty Leader of the Year awards should be those individuals who have gone above and beyond the duties listed in their job descriptions. They may:

  • Serve as mentors to their colleagues or staff members
  • Provide assistance beyond their normal duties to aid their department or the institution as a whole
  • Volunteer to help with institution-wide projects
  • Encourage their staff or colleagues to enhance their education and/or their professional skills
  • Provide superior internal and external customer service
  • Support the institution in a positive and optimistic manner
  • Represent the institution in a professional manner
  • Consistently seek improvement of their own skills


If you do not know someone’s classification, go to the ACC Directory and search for their name. After searching for an employee, their classification will be listed near their job title in the search result.

Image of ACC Directory search result with an arrow pointing to the location of the employee classification.



Nominations have closed.

E-Faculty of the Year

This award recognizes an outstanding ACC Faculty member who has creatively utilized appropriate Internet-based technologies to teach online and/or hybrid courses in ACC. The recipient must have 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. The recipient is presented with an award at the annual Awards Celebration in July. The recipient will also be sponsored to a distance education conference in 2020. Nominations are made by faculty, instructional designers, and students.


1. Course Design – The nominee has created a well-designed and structured course – (structure, weekly/module/unit learning objectives and instructional strategies).

2. Interaction and Collaboration – The nominee has demonstrated rapport with learners as well as other course participants (student/student and faculty/student interaction and collaboration).

3. Course Technology and Media value – The nominee has implemented a creative approach to one or more emerging instructional challenges through the use of technological tools – (tools and media to enhance student interaction and engagement).


4. Assessment- The nominee has demonstrated effectiveness in achieving desired learning outcomes by aligning assessments with course objectives – (assessing student learning outcomes in alignment with course objectives).

Courses must also score 85% on the Quality Matters Rubric.

Nominations have closed.

Upon receipt, nominations will be evaluated by a selection panel made up of instructional designers, faculty, and students. The panel, to be convened by the Distance Education Committee, will evaluate and select an exemplary online course using a rubric based upon the four selection criteria above.

Additional Awards


For any questions about the awards, please email: or call (512) 223-7216.