With a new academic year comes newly elected employee association presidents at Austin Community College District (ACC). We welcome the 2021-22 presidents and learn more about them professionally and personally.

Association of Professional-Technical Employees

The Association of Professional-Technical Employees’ (APTE) new president is Dr. Samantha Ackers, Student Affairs academic coach. She joined ACC in August 2015 as an adjunct professor of English.

Dr. Samantha Ackers, APTE 2021-22 President

What additional role(s) at the college have you held? 

Adjunct Associate Professor, English and Student Development Divisions
Registration Liaison – South Austin Campus 
ACC Ascender – Scholar/Mentor
Past President – ACC Adjunct Faculty Association (2020)
ACC Digital Fellow (2018-19)

What inspired you to run for president? 

I am always willing to serve and advocate for our ACC Community.

Do you have any goals for this year in your role as president? 

We plan to continue supporting the Chancellor’s 3 Cs, increase the Employees Emergency Fund, and continue having APTE’s presence on all college boards and committees. 

What do you believe it takes to help students succeed? 

In order to help all students succeed at ACC, we must continue to provide the necessary assistance, services, and resources equitably to all students.

What do you do to unwind and get your mind off work? 

After work, I roller skate and salsa dance.

Do you have a motto, mantra, or personal philosophy?  

I make every day a happy day.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned professionally? 

I have realized the importance of building relationships across the campus in order to serve all students.

Where did you grow up? What was it like? 

I was born and raised in New Orleans, La. The state is shaped like a boot because we kick a$$.

Any final thoughts you’d like to share? 

Our theme this year is “Working as one body, we can help all students succeed!”

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More Q&As coming soon.