Mario Aguilar is an Associate Professor in the Paralegal Departments. He has taught at Austin Community College (ACC) for more than twenty years. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Aguilar received an Associate Degree from ACC and has attended the University Of Texas Graduate School Of Business.
CURRENT ACADEMIC POSITION
Associate Professor, Paralegal Department
Courses taught include Introduction to Law, Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Administrative Law, Family Law, Business Law/Commercial, Real Estate Contracts, Marketing, Agency, Real Estate Investments and Real Estate Principles and Practices. Characterized as a student-centered instructor by supervisors and students, I have developed an excellent reputation as an instructor. A passion for teaching and training students has allowed me to maintain high retention rates. I am available to students 24/7 to provide individual assistance and counseling.
Why do I teach? I have been consistently recognized for my ability to build strong long-term relationships with students, faculty, and staff based on loyalty and trust and a commitment to excellence in education. My educational philosophy aims to serve our students by educating responsible citizens and extending all available educational opportunities to them. We should nurture the student's personal discovery and growth, nurture scholarship and creativity across a broad range of subjects and educational activities. All students should be challenged to go beyond the limitations of existing disciplines, ideology and knowledge. I believe in educating, guiding, mentoring and challenging students to excel in their academic and technical goals to better serve our communities, state, nation and the world.
My critical role in the classroom is to facilitate learning outcomes, meet course competencies and objectives. I place the highest emphasis on learning. Critical to this process is the valuation and use of student’s own experiences, existing knowledge, and relevant work practices to illustrate subject matter. Using student’s knowledge and experience and incorporating new information creates a student-centered learning environment.
I believe and practice an open-door policy with my students. I want my students to feel at home with me. This open-door policy allows me to establish a “live” and continuous communications with them. I work hard to earn their respect. I make sure that they know that their interests are my number one concern and that teaching is my greatest joy. Students know that I value them individually and treat them with humility and the highest respect.
I have more than 25 years of professional and management experience in various positions including Senior Attorney, Executive Assistant, Manager, Research Associate, Editor, Trainer and Counselor at local, state and national programs. I have counseled, represented and/or work with real estate agents, brokers, appraisers, banks, homebuyers, developers, construction companies and real estate development companies. I was a Senior Attorney at two State Agencies responsible for the administration of more than 300 million dollars in public housing and real estate programs. I helped design, manage and implement the state’s Single Family Housing, Mortgage Credit Certificate, Multi-Family Housing and the Low Income Tax Credit Programs.
I have enjoyed membership and or participation on various college-wide committees including the Senate, Real Estate Advisory Committee, Faculty Evaluations, Hispanic Arts Festival, International Programs, Hispanic Student Association, Adjunct Faculty Association, Hispanic Reception Committee and the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education. I am a member of the Texas Bar Association.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Texas Bar Association
American Bar Association
Texas Community College Teachers Association
Cornell University Alumni Association
University of Texas Alumni Association