Campaigning for International Office

International Officers hold the highest positions of student leadership in Phi Theta Kappa. Serving as an International Officer is an awesome responsibility that comes with awesome benefits!

At every Annual Convention, chapter voting delegates elect five new International Officers: International President, Division I Vice President, Division II Vice President, Division III Vice President and Division IV Vice President.

International Officer's division.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Eligible to Run for International Office?

A Phi Theta Kappa member may be eligible if he/she has a cumulative 3.5 grade point average on a scale of 4.0 and will be exclusively enrolled in an associate degree program at a two-year college at the time of application and during the one year term in office.

How Do I Receive a Candidate Application?

Submit a request using the Candidate Packet Request Form or by emailing Dawneen Banks. Please include your name, complete mailing address, email address, daytime telephone number, chapter name, college name and the office you plan to seek. Candidate Applications are typically made available by early November.

When are Applications Due at International Headquarters?

All completed candidate applications must be received by 5:00 pm Central Time on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

Can a Member Campaign Before the Annual Convention?

Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters strongly discourages mass communication about a member’s candidacy prior to the Annual Convention in order to maintain as much equity, objectivity and fairness in the campaign as possible and to keep campaign costs to a minimum.

While it is not encouraged, candidate applicants are not prohibited from communicating with members throughout the Society regarding their intentions to run for International Office. This should be interpreted to mean that candidates (or any representative of the candidate) may distribute any campaign materials, letters, email messages, etc. prior to Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention. Further information on social media etiquette will be sent to each prospective candidate to help guide electronic communications about candidacy.

Although Headquarters does not monitor pre-Convention campaigning, candidates are cautioned to keep campaign costs to a minimum. It’s dedication, not dollars, that makes you a strong candidate

Why is pre-Convention campaigning discouraged instead of strictly banned by Headquarters?

Because the Internet has made it impossible to enforce a rule that prohibits pre-Convention campaigning. Society constituents are generally not appreciative of campaigning prior to Convention so it is in your best interest to restrict campaigning to the Annual Convention.

My region has two candidates who want to run for the same International Office. May we both run?

Yes! Regional primaries are prohibited. If a region has more than one candidate seeking the same International Office, the region may not hold a contest to determine which one will proceed to the Annual Convention. Regions are allowed to feature information about International Officer candidate(s) on their website and/or in their newsletter. Candidates for International Office may give a brief speech at their regional convention as long as each candidate from the region is given equal time.

I would like to travel to other regional meetings to meet people and build support for my campaign, may I do that?

Any member who is considering a campaign for International Office is strongly discouraged from attending regional meetings outside his/her region. Traveling to other regions can be costly and it is Headquarters’ intention to prevent the campaign from becoming cost-prohibitive. Any candidate applicant who attends another region’s meeting may not be introduced as a candidate and may not give a presentation or speech.

Who may serve as campaign manager?

It is not a Headquarters requirement that each candidate has a campaign manager; however, if one is appointed, he/she must be a provisional or active member of Phi Theta Kappa (currently enrolled in a two-year college). An alumni member or former International Officer may not serve in this leadership position. However, it is acceptable for alumni and former International Officers to support the candidate as a member of the campaign team.

Is International Office for you?

Only five members each year are elected at the Annual Convention to serve as International Officers - the highest position of student leadership in Phi Theta Kappa! It is an awesome responsibility that comes with awesome benefits.

Campaign Rules and Regulations

What Do International Officers Do?

Major responsibilities include:

  • Presiding at the Annual Convention and Honors Institute
  • Giving speeches and workshops at regional meetings promoting Phi Theta Kappa's programs
  • Writing articles for Society communications
  • Participating in their local chapter activities
  • Setting goals for their term in office
  • Serving as liaisons between regions and headquarters during regional travel
  • Acting as student ambassadors for Phi Theta Kappa


What Are the Rewards of Serving?

International Officers benefits include:

  • A life-changing leadership experience that develops public speaking, interpersonal communication, goal setting and organizational skills
  • Travel/accommodation expenses for all Headquarters-approved travel to regional conferences, Honors Institute, Annual Convention and other conferences
  • A $700 stipend each semester (received after the successful completion of summer and winter orientations) to help cover personal, officer-related expenses (clothes, dry cleaning, childcare while traveling, etc.).
  • Society-branded stationery and postcards
  • An e-tablet (iPad or similar) and Phi Theta Kappa tablet cover
  • A pearl-accented International Office lapel pin received upon successful completion of term in office
  • A $2,000 scholarship received upon successful completion of term in office


Are scholarships available for International Officer Candidates?

  • One International Officer candidate is chosen each year to receive the $1,500 Orlowski Candidate Scholarship. The recipient is selected by vote of all International Officer candidates and honors the candidate who best exemplifies the Society Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship.
  • The Oberndorf Family Foundation Each International Officer Candidate Finalist (2 in each of the 5 races) will receive a $500 Finalist Scholarship, generously provided by the Oberndorf Family Foundation.


Contact Dawneen Banks or 601.984.3647 for questions or request an application.