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Endowed Teaching Chair

Endowed Teaching Chair

Hautau Receives Endowed Teaching Chair Award at ACC

Hautau Endowed Teaching Award 2017

Deborah Hautau, a biology instructor at Alpena Community College, was presented with the 2017/2018 Russell H. and Fromilda Y. Wilson Endowed Teaching Chair Award at ACC’s annual staff recognition dinner held on May 12.

The late Lucas E. and Janet G. Pfeiffenberger established the Russell H. and Fromilda Y. Wilson Endowed Teaching Chair Fund in 2005 with the creation of an endowment fund with the ACC Foundation. Their immense generosity provides a $5,000 annual award to a faculty member who has been selected by the Endowed Teaching Chair Selection Committee.

The Endowed Teaching Chair program recognizes and promotes academic excellence at ACC. The program honors noteworthy faculty members and provides resources for improving instruction, academic programs, and professional development. 

Hautau will use the monetary award to offer a workshop through the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational School District for local area elementary school teachers and also plans to create an Elementary Science Olympiad tournament in Northeast Michigan. In addition, she will enhance the Science Fun Day for Scouts program that she founded 5 years ago.

A 23-year member of ACC’s faculty, Hautau has taught a variety of biology courses and numerous times she has led field biology courses on Beaver Island and in Costa Rica. For 23-years Hautau has been the Science Olympiad event supervisor and for 22-years she has been the co-director of the tournament

Hautau has served as a local Girl Scout leader for the past 10 years and is a science mentor for the Alpena Area Girl Scout Service Unit. She is also a board member for the RedSky Raptor Center.

For more information on how to establish an endowed teaching chair fund with the ACC Foundation, please call Penny Boldrey, Executive Director of the ACC Foundation at (989) 358-7297.


The ACC Foundation Endowed Teaching Chair Program seeks to recognize and promote academic excellence at Alpena Community College. The Program honors noteworthy faculty members and provides resources for improving instruction, academic programs, and professional development.

The original idea for the Endowed Teaching Chair Program emerged from a spring 2004 discussion between ACC President Dr. Olin Joynton and Lucas Pfeiffenberger, both of whom were interested in developing a program to recognize and reward demonstrated excellence in teaching at ACC.

In the fall of 2004, at the request of Dr. Joynton, the ACC Foundation established the Endowed Teaching Chair Program. The Foundation, Faculty Council, and president appointed the first Selection Committee, which in turn created the Program Guidelines. Lucas and Janet Pfeiffenberger inaugurated the Endowed Teaching Chair Program by funding the first endowment as a tribute to Dr. Russell H. and Fromilda Y. Wilson. Janet Pfeiffenberger served as secretary to Dr. Wilson, superintendent of Alpena Public Schools, for 11 years and during her tenure assisted Dr. Wilson with preparing the documentation necessary for the formation of Alpena Community College in 1952. This inaugural Endowed Teaching Chair awards an annual grant of $5000 through a joint funding agreement between the Alpena Community College Foundation and the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan.

Selection Process
The Endowed Teaching Chair selection process is administered by the director of the ACC Foundation. The director oversees the Selection Committee, which solicits applications from ACC faculty. Each year, the Selection Committee reviews applications and selects the Endowed Teaching Chair recipient(s) in a manner appropriate to the terms of each award. Selection is determined by a simple majority or plurality vote of all voting Committee members.

Each faculty candidate must submit an application portfolio to the ACC Foundation director. The portfolio consists of 1) an application form, 2) a limited summary of the applicant’s experience relevant to the proposal, 3) two brief letters of recommendation (at least one from an ACC faculty colleague), and 4) a brief narrative and outline of his/her proposal. The candidate may submit up to eight pages of additional relevant material to support his/her application, but this is not required. In addition to reviewing and evaluating the content and form of applicant proposals, the Selection Committee may interview applicants to seek clarification of proposal elements. The Selection Committee may also interview relevant ACC personnel to determine applicability and appropriateness of proposals as they relate to program realities, needs, and plans.

Faculty members interested in applying for an Endowed Teaching Chair award may pick up the application packet from the ACC Foundation director or download it from the ACC web site prior to the advertised submission deadline.