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Phi Theta Kappa Announces 26 Faculty Scholars for 2014

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Jackson, Mississippi - Twenty-six community college instructors have been selected from among nearly 3,000 chapter advisors to serve as Phi Theta Kappa’s 2014 Faculty Scholars. The scholars were selected through a rigorous application process based on knowledge of the 2014-2015 Honors Study Topic, “Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration,” 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 participate in the annual Faculty Scholar Conference in the British Virgin Islands, January 29-February 2, 2014. During the Conference, the Scholars will prepare to serve as facilitators during Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Institute, to be held June 16-21, 2014, at Washington University in St. Louis.

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 14-16, at Washington University.

“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 and CEO 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 500 Phi Theta Kappa members and chapter advisors from around the world and praised as ‘the crown jewel of honors programming experiences.’ ”

The 2014 Faculty Scholars are listed below, along with their community college, state and academic field: 

Dr. Gisela (Bennie) Ables
Houston Community College, Texas
History

Dr. Christopher Allen
College of the Mainland, Texas
Biology

Ms. Michaelann Allen
North Seattle College, Washington
Medical Assisting

Ms. Rebecca Allen
Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus Campus, Indiana
Career Services/Student Life

Mr. Kevin Blackwell
Neosho County Community College, Kansas
Humanities/Western Civilization/Law

Mr. Rob Carey
Pima Community College, Arizona
Biology

Mrs. Kenoalani Dela Cruz
Hawaii Community College, Hawaii
Counseling

Dr. Blake Ellis
Lone Star College-CyFair, Texas
History

Ms. Jo Fritts
Ozarks Technical College, Missouri
Education
Honors Program Council

Ms. Sue Grove
Riverland Community College, Minnesota
French/Speech/ESL/English

Ms. Debra Hodge
H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, British Virgin Islands
Humanities/Social Science

Ms. Karri Kahler
Northwestern Michigan College, Michigan
Higher Education, Adult & Lifelong Education

Ms. Nancy Long
Trinity Valley Community College, Texas
Math

Ms. Grace Megnet
Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Texas
Art

Ms. Robin Rich-Coates
Eastern Shore Community College, Virginia
Biology

Ms. Lara Roemer
Carl Sandburg College, Illinois
Political Science/History

Ms. Jan Rog
Metropolitan Community College-Longview, Missouri
English

Mr. Glenn Rohlfing
Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado
History

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

Mr. Paul Roscelli
Canada College, California
Economics/Law

Mr. Steve Schroeder
College of DuPage, Illinois
Communications
Honors Program Council

Ms. Laurie Sherman
Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island
English

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

Dr. Scott Vander Ploeg
Madisonville Community College, Kentucky
English

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

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

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.