Dr. Liz Ann Baez Aguilar to be honored with ACCT Faculty Award
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has announced it will present the 2016 Western Region ACCT Faculty Member Award to Liz Ann Báez Aguilar, professor of English at Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College (SAC). The award, which recognizes and honors outstanding community college faculty members, will be presented at the Annual ACCT Leadership Congress to be held in October in New Orleans.
Aguilar was nominated for the award by Alamo Colleges for her excellence in teaching and for leadership in higher education. “Her love and passion for shaping the minds of young people continues to be the driving forces motivating her to being one of our best educators,” wrote Anna U. Bustamante, who was the Board Chair of Alamo Colleges when she nominated her for the honor.
Aguilar is a member and current President-Elect of the Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA). Previously she has served as Vice President and also Treasurer for the organization.
“Dr. Aguilar has been an active and engaged officer,” wrote TCCTA Executive Director Richard Moore. “She has effectively helped connect faculty at SAC with one another and with faculty across the state to advocate for funding for two-year colleges, as well as for policy initiatives that support improved educational opportunities for students.”
Aguilar has developed several service learning programs to engage her students with the surrounding community. These include the Bienestar Health Program to promote diabetes awareness among SAC students and in the community, and The Community in Schools Project, where students in her Freshman Composition II class would teach elementary school children about different literary forms.
She collaborated with English, Science, and Math faculty members in a research project to help students apply foundational concepts of writing into the classroom and in coursework.
Away from campus, she has devoted her time to educating the community. She has taught a writing course for high school students from inner city schools as part of a medical preparation program for the Mexican-American Physicians Program. She also created an intensive writing project for 4th grade students at Will Rogers Elementary in the San Antonio School District.
Aguilar has taught at SAC since 1997. Her courses include Basic English I & II, Freshman Composition I and II, American Literature, and World Literature I.
She is the author of “A Hunger for Compassion,” “Inolvidables Recuerdos,” and “Papa te Quiero,” which were included in Kaleidoscope: A Collection of Short Stories. Her poem, “Growing Up,” was published in the Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers and was reprinted in several anthologies.
In addition, Aguilar has presented more than 30 papers at community colleges, universities, and other organizations both nationally and internationally.
Aguilar holds a doctorate of philosophy from Texas A&M University, a master’s in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a bachelor’s and master’s in English from St. Mary’s University.