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ACC Annual Awards Celebration

Each year the Chancellor and the ACC Board of Trustees honor outstanding Austin Community College faculty and staff who have been selected for Leadership and Teaching Excellence Awards. The 2021 ACC Awards Celebration was hosted virtually on Thursday, June 24th, 2021 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This event was a wonderful celebration of the hard work and leadership of these dedicated ACC faculty and staff members. Please contact the Office of Faculty Development at or call (512) 223-7885, if you have any questions.

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2021 Award Recipients

The Leadership Awards

ACC celebrates outstanding Staff who demonstrate strong leadership and who have gone above and beyond the duties listed in their job description for the ACC community.

Classified Employee of the Year

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Georgia Branch
Coordinator, Curriculum and Catalog

Professional-Technical Employee of the Year

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Jose Resendez
Manager, Learning Labs

Administrator of the Year

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Dr. David Fonken
Dean, Science, Engineering, & Mathematics

Faculty Leader of the Year

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Dr. Vanessa Lazo
Department Chair and Professor, Foreign Languages

Chancellor’s Leadership Excellence Award Winners

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Sharrion Jenkins
Executive Director, Campus Operations, Quality Control, and Project Management

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Dr. Rachel Ruiz
Dean, Student Affairs

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Brandon Whatley
Dean, Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technology

Teaching Excellence Awards

The ACC Teaching Excellence Awards honor one full-time and one adjunct faculty member who promotes special learning opportunities, student interaction, depth/breadth of knowledge in a subject area, and innovation. Nominations are made by students, faculty and staff, and the honorees. Recipients are selected by a committee and presented with an award and a $1000 cash prize.

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Dr. Sharon Butler
Professor, General Studies & Student Development

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Dr. Herbert Coleman
Adjunct Professor, Psychology & Student Development

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty (New in 2021)

The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty honors nursing faculty who inspire their students to remember that nursing is more than tasks and technology. The DAISY nurse faculty is one who ensures that both the art and science of nursing are brought to every patient experience. This award celebrates nursing faculty for their inspirational influence on the nurses of today and tomorrow.

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Glenda McCombs
Professional Nursing Skills and Clinical Tutor

eFaculty of the Year Award

This award recognizes an outstanding ACC Faculty member who has creatively utilized appropriate Internet-based technologies to teach online and/or hybrid courses at 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.

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Dr. Richard R. Espinosa
Department Chair and Professor, Allied Health Sciences

NISOD Excellence Awards

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has emphasized the importance of teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. Recipients of the NISOD Excellence Award are recognized at the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, and this award honors the world’s best in higher education. Please join us in congratulating the following ACC faculty and staff members receiving the NISOD Excellence Award.

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Natalie Andreas
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Business, Government, and Technical Communications

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Sharon Goh
Adjunct Associate Professor, Student Development & ESOL

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Barbara Lane
Adjunct Associate Professor, History

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Christopher Morgan
Adjunct Assistant Professor, English

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Dr. Nabeel Khan
Professor, Computer Information Technology

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Kimberly McDougall
Associate Professor, Dental Hygiene

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Dr. Jack O’Grady
Professor, Biology

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Jason Vidrine
Associate Professor, Communication Studies

The Piper Professor Nominee Award

The Piper Professor Nominee Award is a statewide award that recognizes outstanding full-time faculty in the teaching profession. Higher education institutions must be invited to submit a nominee and only ten professors are selected to receive this award each year. Awards of $5,000 are given to those selected for their superior teaching at the college level.

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Curtis Eckerman
Professor, Biology

The League Excellence Awards

In recognition of the long tradition of excellence in community college teaching and leadership, the League Excellence Awards (formerly Roueche Award) celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff. Selected by a committee, recipients will be recognized at an awards celebration at ACC and have the opportunity to attend the League for Innovations Conference in the spring.

  • Sharon Butler, Professor – General Studies & Student Development
    Teaching Excellence Award – Full-Time
  • Herbert Coleman, Adjunct Professor – Psychology & Student Development
    Teaching Excellence Award – Adjunct
  • Curtis Eckerman, Professor – Biology
    Piper Award Nominee
  • David Fonken, Dean – Science, Engineering, & Mathematics
    Administrator of the Year
  • Sharrion Jenkins, Executive Director – Campus Operations, Quality Control, & Project Management
    Chancellor’s Leadership Excellence Award
  • Vanessa Lazo, Department Chair & Professor – Foreign Languages
    Faculty Leader of the Year
  • Rachel Ruiz, Dean – Student Affairs
    Chancellor’s Leadership Excellence Award
  • Brandon Whatley, Dean – Design, Manufacturing, Construction, & Applied Technology
    Chancellor’s Leadership Excellence Award


Please contact the Office of Faculty Development at or call (512) 223-7885, if you have any questions.