ACC congratulates 2019 Teaching Excellence Award Recipients

Austin Community College (ACC) congratulates the recipients of the following annual awards recognizing excellence in teaching and leadership.

“These faculty, staff, and administrators are outstanding and contribute so much to our ACC community through their hard work,” says ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes. “Their commitment to our mission and students is evident in the insight and energy they bring to their roles.”

Recipients will be honored at the ACC awards dinner Thursday, April 18, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Austin. Tickets are now available online

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, HR Records coordinator
  • Professional-Technical Employee of the Year, Misty Rasmussen, Accreditation director
  • Administrator of the Year, Brandon Whatley, Design, Manufacturing, Construction & Applied Technologies dean
  • President’s Leadership Excellence Award Winners, Curtiss Stevens, ACCelerators executive director, and Jessica Vess, College Communications director
  • Faculty Leader of the Year, Missi Patterson, Psychology

NISOD Excellence Awards

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.

  • Steven Turner, American Sign Language
  • Brenda Chinnery, Biology
  • Anne Fletcher, Student Development
  • Luz Arroyo, HR Records coordinator
  • Misty Rasmussen, Accreditation director
  • Bernadeta Kaminska, Foreign Language
  • Anne-Marie Thomas, English
  • Jeff Stringer, Communication Studies
  • Rosa Carrasco, Engineering Technology
  • Julia “Julz” Decker, Government
  • Felix Villarreal, 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.

  • Teaching Excellence Full-Time Faculty Award, Todd Phillips, Foreign Language
  • Teaching Excellence Adjunct Faculty Award, Georgia Xydes, 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 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, Communication Studies

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.

  • Amardeep Kahlon, Computer Information Tech

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, Computer Information Tech
  • Jessica Vess, College Communications director
  • Missi Patterson, Psychology
  • Curtiss Stevens, ACCelerators executive director
  • Georgia Xydes, History
  • Todd Phillips, Foreign Language
  • Brandon Whatley, Design, Manufacturing, Construction & Applied Technologies dean

For questions please contact the Faculty and Instructional Development Office by phone at  (512) 223-7582 or email at

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