Campaigning for International Office

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 responsibilities include presiding at the Annual Convention/Nerd Nation and the Honors Institute, promoting Phi Theta Kappa programs by delivering speeches and workshops at regional meetings and communicating with the chapters located in the 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 the Annual Convention in Texas. 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

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?

The major responsibilities of International Officers 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.


What Are the Rewards of Serving?

Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters provides International Officers with the following benefits:

  • A life-changing leadership experience that develops public speaking, 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 to help cover personal officer-related expenses (clothes, drycleaning, childcare while traveling, etc.).
  • An Apple® iPad.
  • A $2,000 scholarship and the International Officer pearl-accented lapel pin upon successful completion of term in office.

Questions can be directed to Dawneen Banks or 601.984.3647. To request an application, complete this form.