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Phi Theta Kappa Announces 2013 Faculty Scholars

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Twenty-five community college instructors have been selected from among nearly 3,000 chapter advisors to serve as Phi Theta Kappa’s 2013 Faculty Scholars. The scholars were selected through a rigorous application process based on knowledge of the 2012-2013 Honors Study Topic, “The Culture of Competition,” and demonstrated excellence in teaching or administration.

“We congratulate them for being selected to serve and for their willingness and desire to surpass the traditional duties of an advisor by contributing in this manner,” said Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs. 

The group will attend the annual Faculty Scholar Conference at Phi Theta Kappa’s Center for Excellence in Jackson, Mississippi, January 30-February 3, 2013. During the Conference, the Scholars will prepare to serve as facilitators during Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Institute, to be held June 17-22, 2013 at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

While attending the Honors Institute, these Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholars will lead groups of 15-20 honor students in seminar discussions of the issues presented by experts on the topic throughout the week. The Scholars will attend Part II of the Faculty Scholar Conference prior to the Honors Institute, June 15-17 at Villanova.

“The Faculty Scholar Conference is recognized internationally as one of the finest professional development programs available for community college faculty members,” said Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley. “Intense training is provided by nationally recognized scholars to prepare the Faculty Scholars to serve as facilitators for the Honors Institute, which is attended by approximately 400 Phi Theta Kappa members and chapter advisors from around the world and praised as ‘the crown jewel of honors programming experiences.’ ”

The 2013 Faculty Scholars are listed below, along with their community college, state and academic field: 

Gisela (Bennie) Ables
Houston Community College, Texas
History

Johannah Bell Williams
Hinds Community College, Mississippi
Computer Science

Amery Bodelson
Western Technical College, Wisconsin
English

Rob Carey
Pima Community College, Arizona
Biology

Laura Cline
Yavapai College, Arizona
English

Kenoalani Dela Cruz
Hawai’i Community College, Hawaii
Counseling

Debbie Esparza
Lone Star College-Kingwood, Texas
Leadership Studies

Jo Fritts
Ozarks Technical College, Missouri
Education
Honors Program Council

Steve Fritts
Ozarks Technical College, Missouri
American Sign Language

Erica Hastert
Arapahoe Community College, Colorado
Mathematics
Honors Program Council

James Mauldin
Redlands Community College, Oklahoma
Psychology

Grace Megnet
Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Texas
Art

Daryl Milligan
Trident Technical College, South Carolina
Business/Finance

Martha Petry
Jackson Community College, Michigan
Dance/Humanities

Jacklyn Pierce
Lake Sumter State College, Florida
English

Glenn Rohlfing
Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado
History

Dan Rooney
Western Technical College, Wisconsin
Technical Writing/Communications
Honors Program Council

Steve Schroeder
College of DuPage, Illinois
Communications
Honors Program Council

Sauda Smith
H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, British Virgin Islands
English
Honors Program Council

Christine Solomon
Trident Technical College, South Carolina
Business/Finance

Teresa Tande
Lake Region State College, North Dakota
English

Steve Uyeda
Pima Community College, Arizona
Biology

Melissa Weinbrenner
Northeast Texas Community College, Texas
History

Patricia Scott West
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College-Jefferson Davis Campus, Mississippi
Communications
Honors Program Council

Lisa York
Asheville-Buncombe Community College, North Carolina
English
Honors Program Council