Recognizing faculty

By AACC 21st Century Center Staff

AACC will feature faculty at this year’s convention.

Innovation happens every day in community college classrooms. The success of students is dependent on innovative, dedicated faculty. And the success of institutional initiatives is dependent on faculty.

Recognizing those faculty members who make a difference every day is important.

That’s why the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) created the Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Recognition. The new distinction honors those who demonstrate passion for their work and show a willingness to support students both inside and outside the classroom.

CEOs of AACC member colleges may nominate one faculty member from their institution to receive this recognition at the AACC Annual Convention in Dallas, Texas. Those honored will receive discounted registration to the convention, a medal, and will take part in a special reception on Sunday, April 29.

Nominations are due February 15 by 5:00 p.m. (ET).

Last year, AACC honored Edie Carter of Amarillo College (Texas) with the Award of Excellence in the Faculty Innovation category. Carter leads the college’s Developmental Math Team. She and her team produce positive and effective change in an environment where funding is tight and expectations are high. Carter led the redesign of the developmental math course sequence and the creation of new developmental math courses that prepare students for college-level course work.

Under Carter’s leadership since 2010, completion rates in developmental math courses have been on the rise and drop-out rates have declined. During the 2015-16 academic year, more than 75 percent of students in developmental math completed courses.

AACC will again recognize an innovative community college faculty member at this year’s Awards of Excellence, held at the annual convention.

It’s also vital to invest in faculty professional development opportunities. This year’s AACC convention includes a faculty track, with sessions dedicated to teaching and learning.

Registration for the convention is open now. Special rates are available for faculty.

AACC 21st Century Center Staff

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