ACC Distinguished Faculty 2018-2019 Profile: Denice Pardee

Denice PardeeDepartment
Accounting, both as a faculty member and program chair.

Years teaching at ACC
14; I was a part-time instructor for nine years and have been full-time faculty for the last five.

Total number of years teaching
I have been teaching for 14 years. Teaching is my second career; my first – for over 15 years – was in financial management at various healthcare organizations in Colorado.

Undergraduate degree
BS, Accounting, MSU Denver.

Graduate degree
MS, Health Administration, CU Denver

Professional honors & credentials
Leadership Academy, 2015-16; Master Teacher, 2017; Distinguished Faculty, 2018-19.

Current committee work
Outside of ACC: member of American Accounting Association (AAA), Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges (TACTYC) and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). At ACC: Professional Development Advisory Board, Faculty Senate Executive Team, Workload Committee and Peer Review Committee.

Fun fact about me
My favorite color is purple. For those that know me, this is no surprise.

My most memorable moment at ACC
When my students visit to inform me about a new job, a job promotion or how they’re doing at a four-year university. Hearing about my students’ success is why I teach at ACC.

Congratulations, Denice Pardee, one of ACC’s Distinguished Faculty for 2018-2019!

Get a Human Approach to Biology in Spring 2019

Biology students at ACC during labDid you know…?

The biology department has a course that covers basic human anatomy and physiology with a focus on wellness, nutrition, and disease prevention? It has lots of amazing labs like blood typing, EKGs, DNA fingerprinting, urinalysis, and even a CADAVER WORKSHOP!

It’s BIO104 Biology – A Human Approach.

There is a traditional version and a hybrid version. Both have a lab that meets once a week. There are two sections running Spring 2019:

BIO 104 101
Lecture: Monday/Wednesday, 9 – 10:15am
Lab: Wednesday, 10:30am – 12:20pm

BIO 104 301
Lecture: Online
Lab: Tuesday, 4 – 5:50pm

It’s a GT (guaranteed transfer) science class. This would be great for you if you are in one of our healthcare programs or need a transferable lecture/lab science course. Talk to your advisor about how to apply this class to your degree or certificate!

by Rachel Willard, ACC Biology Faculty

Spring 2019 – Learning Community Courses

What is a “Learning Community?”

A learning community is two ACC classes that are paired with a common theme. Two professors, one from each class/subject area, work closely together to offer students an opportunity to learn content in a strategically-connected manner. Each course has at least one shared assignment. Students complete the assignment, and then both instructors grade it based on established learning objectives in their individual course.

• Students must enroll in both classes.
• Students earn full credit for both classes.
• Grades are given for each class, independent of the paired class.

All of our spring Learning Community Courses are guaranteed to transfer.

Spring 2019 Learning Community Courses

Literature and Psychology of the Apocalypse

LIT 115-102 and PSY 102-103 (Intro to Literature & General Psychology II)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 1:00-2:15 p.m.

A fully-integrated course in which students read, write, and learn about the end of the world while considering how real people would respond in apocalyptic situations.

Both courses are part of the Great Books program.

Sex and cinema: it’s more than porn!

PSY 217-101 and HUM 103-101 (Human Sexuality & Intro to Film Art)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-2:15 p.m. and 2:30-3:45 p.m.

A fully-integrated course in which students explore sexual identity, sexual health, and sexual behavior through the stylistic and narrative systems of film.

Great Debates

ENG 122-109 and HIS 101-102 (English Composition II & Western Civ: Antiquity-1650)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

A linked course that will look at the events, peoples, groups, ideas, institutions, and trends that have shaped Western Civilization from the prehistoric era to 1650. By studying the direct writing of this period as well as modern modes of historical and argumentative writing, students will analyze, evaluate, and construct their own arguments and writing.

ENG 122 is part of the Great Books program.
HIS 101 includes a 6-week gaming component.

Arguments and Astronomy

ENG 122-110 and AST 101-102 (English Composition II & Planetary Astronomy with Lab)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00-2:15 p.m. and 2:30-4:45 p.m.

A linked course that will apply advanced composition research, rhetorical analysis, and writing skills to the study of the universe within the solar system.

Both courses are part of the Great Books program.

For more information about learning communities courses at ACC, contact Erica Henningsen at 303.797.5786 or erica.henningsen@arapahoe.edu.