Phi Theta Kappa Appoints Three Faculty Members to Honors Program Council

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Jackson, MS - Professor L. Sauda Smith, Professor Lisa York, and Professor Josephine Fritts have been appointed to Phi Theta Kappa's Honors Program Council. They will serve four-year terms on the council, effective August 2012.

L. Sauda Smith

L. Sauda Smith

"We are privileged to have these three advisors as members of our Honors Program Council," said Phi Theta Kappa's Executive Director, Dr. Rod A. Risley. "Their vast teaching experience will be invaluable to the council in developing and exploring a new Honors Study Topic. We welcome their expertise as dedicated Phi Theta Kappa advisors and as highly respected members of their community college faculties."

Lisa York

Lisa York

Smith has been selected as the Humanities Representative for the Honors Program Council. She heads the Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication Division at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in the British Virgin Islands and has served as a faculty advisor for Phi Theta Kappa since 2006.

Josephine Fritts

Josephine Fritts

York, an English/Cultural Studies Professor at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in North Carolina, has been selected to fill the position of Cultural Studies Representative on the Honors Program Council. She began volunteering as a Phi Theta Kappa advisor in 2000 and has also served on the Honors Program Curriculum Development Committee.

Fritts, Lead Instructor for Early Childhood Development at Ozarks Technical Community College in Missouri, will fill the post of Social Sciences Representative on the Honors Program Council. An advisor since 2001, Fritts is also fluent in American Sign Language.

All of the new council members have previously served as Faculty Scholars for the Society's Honors Institute and are certified instructors for Phi Theta Kappa's Leadership Development Studies Program.

The Phi Theta Kappa Honors Program Council, composed of Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisors and consultants, biennially selects the Society's Honors Study Topic, an interdisciplinary study used by chapters and colleges as the basis for honors study in colloquies, courses, seminars, and Honors in Action projects. The Honors Program Council also publishes the Honors Program Guide, a resource for exploring the Honors Study Topic, and assists in planning the Society's Faculty Scholar Conference and Honors Institute, a weeklong summer conference focusing on the Honors Study Topic.

Other members of the Honors Program Council include Susan Edwards, Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs, Phi Theta Kappa; Monika Byrd, Dean of Leadership Development, Phi Theta Kappa; Jennifer Stanford, Dean of Service Learning, Phi Theta Kappa; Dr. Joan Fedor, Honors Consultant, Sun City West, Arizona; Dr. Erica Hastert, Science/Mathematics Representative, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, Colorado; Professor Dan Rooney, Service Learning Representative, Western Technical College, La Crosse, Wisconsin; Professor Stephen Schroeder, Communications/Technology Representative, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois; and Dr. Patricia Scott West, Leadership Development Representative, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Gulfport, Mississippi.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, 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.