Lewis named National ACCT Faculty Award recipient

10.05.2017 | By Andrea Vasquez

HOUSTON – The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has named Matthew Lewis, San Jacinto College qualitative research analyst, as its 2017 William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award recipient.

Prior to receiving the national faculty award, Lewis was named the ACCT Western Region Faculty award recipient in July. ACCT’s regional and national awards recognize the tremendous contributions made by community colleges and their leaders to meet the needs of their communities. Award categories include: Trustee Leadership Award, Equity Award, Faculty Member Award, Chief Executive Officer Award, and Professional Board Staff Member Award.

“Being honored in this way, for the work we are doing at San Jacinto College, is incredibly validating, and kind of overwhelming!” said Lewis. “Over and over, our entire profession is recognizing our efforts to better the lives of our students. We are national leaders, and for such an incredibly good cause. This experience has made that very real for me. It’s empowering, having this faith in our work so deeply affirmed.”

Formerly a math professor at the College’s South Campus, Lewis recently transitioned into his new role as a qualitative research analyst, supporting the College’s ongoing advancement in leveraging data for institutional improvement work. He will also continue his leadership role in implementing the College’s SmartStart program. As part of the College’s implementation of the national American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Pathways Project, the SmartStart program features a student cohort model that consists of contextualized instruction with integrated student support, student and faculty learning communities and guided career pathway evaluation and selection.   

“The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees and I are extremely proud of Matt being recognized as this year’s ACCT national faculty award recipient,” said San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “This award is a testament to all of our faculty’s efforts on the innovative approaches we take on degree completion and state-of-the art workforce industry training. As a participant in the national Pathways Project, San Jacinto College is making great strides to ensure success at each step of our students’ educational journeys. Matt has been a leader in this work!”

For more information on the College’s progress with the Pathways Project implementation, visit sanjac.edu/pathways.


About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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