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ACC annual awards dinner recipients
Congratulations to our 2019 ACC Awards Recipients: From Left to Right – Top Row: Brandon Whatley, Julia “Julz” Decker, Jessica Vess, Misty Rasmussen, Georgia Xydes, Felix Villarreal, Brenda Chinnery. Middle Row: Todd Phillips, Bernadeta Kaminska, Richard Rhodes, Jeff Stringer, Steven Turner, Curtiss Stevens. Bottom Row: Missi Patterson, Luz Arroyo, Rosa Carrasco, Amardeep Kahlon. Not Pictured: Anne Fletcher, Anne-Marie Thomas.

ACC Annual Awards Dinner

Each year the President/CEO 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 2019 ACC Awards Dinner will be hosted on Thursday, April 18th, 2019 at the Hyatt from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Foothills Ballroom, located at the top of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Austin, Texas. This awards dinner is a wonderful celebration of the hard work and leadership of these dedicated ACC faculty and staff members.

2019 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:
Luz Arroyo
Coordinator, HR Records

Professional-Technical Employee of the Year:
Misty Rasmussen
Director, Accreditation

Administrator of the Year:
Brandon Whatley
Dean, Applied Technologies

Faculty Leader of the Year:
Missi Patterson

Professor, Psychology

President’s Leadership Excellence Award Winners:
Curtiss Stevens

Executive Director, ACCelerator

Jessica Vess
Director, College Communications

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.

Luz Arroyo
Coordinator, HR Records

Rosa Carrasco
Associate Professor, Engineering Technology

Brenda Chinnery
Adjunct Professor, Biology

Julia “Julz” Decker
Assistant Professor, Government

Anne Fletcher
Adjunct Professor, Developmental Writing

 

Bernadeta Kaminska
Adjunct Professor, Foreign Language

Misty Rasmussen
Director, Accreditation

Jeff Stringer
Professor, Communication Studies

Anne-Marie Thomas
Professor, English

Steven Turner
Adjunct Associate Professor, American Sign Language

Felix Villarreal
Professor, Biology

Teaching Excellence Awards

The ACC Teaching Excellence Awards honor one full-time and one adjunct faculty member who promote 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 committee and presented with an award and a $1000 cash prize.

 

Teaching Excellence Full-Time Faculty Award:
Todd Phillips
Professor, Foreign Language

Teaching Excellence Adjunct Faculty Award:
Georgia Xydes
Adjunct, Professor, History

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.

Jeff Stringer
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.

 

Amardeep Kahlon
Professor, Computer Information Technology

The John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards

In recognition of the long tradition of excellence in community college teaching and leadership, the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff. Selected by a committee, recipients will be recognized at an awards dinner at ACC and have the opportunity to attend the League for Innovations Conference in the Spring.

Amardeep Kahlon
Professor, Computer Information Technology
Piper Professor Nominee

Missi Patterson
Professor, Psychology
Faculty Leader of the Year

 

 

Todd Phillips
Professor, Foreign Language
Teaching Excellence Full-Time Faculty Award

Curtiss Stevens
Executive Director, ACCelerator
President’s Leadership Excellence Award Winners

 

Jessica Vess
Director, College Communications
President’s Leadership Excellence Award Winners

Brandon Whatley
Dean, Applied Technologies
Administrator of the Year

Georgia Xydes
Adjunct, Professor, History
Teaching Excellence Adjunct Faculty Award

Questions? Please Contact

Office of Faculty and Instructional Development
Phone: (512) 223-7582
Email: facdev@austincc.edu

Venue Information

Hyatt Regency Austin
Foothills Ballroom
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX
Phone: (512) 477-1234
Website: http://austin.hyatt.com