Two Faculty Advisors Receive $10,000 in Professional Development Stipends

Dr. Melissa Fulgham, Professor of History/Division Chair of Social Sciences at Northeast Texas Community College, has been named Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 Mosal Scholar, receiving a stipend of $5,000 for personal professional development.

Dr. Liesl Harris, Associate Dean of the Shelby-Hoover Campus of Jefferson State Community College in Alabama, is the 2017 Marshall Scholar, which also carries a stipend of $5,000 for personal leadership development.

The awards were presented during PTK Catalyst, Phi Theta Kappa's annual convention, in Nashville, Tennessee, April 6-8. Each scholar received a commemorative medallion in addition to the funds to complete their proposed projects.

Mosal Awards, named for the Society's late Executive Director Emeritus, Dr. Margaret Mosal, are presented to faculty advisors with at least five years of service who have submitted project proposals. Only outstanding, well-reasoned and intellectually substantive proposals are selected by a panel of scholars for funding.

Fulgham received the Mosal Award for her project proposal, “On the Path of Pacifism: Retracing a Personal and Global Heritage of Peace.”

She will conduct research regarding the roots of Mennonites, specifically, and the global Anabaptists movement in general. Fulgham will travel to Amsterdam to explore the deep roots of Anabaptists, their heritage of peace, and the stories of people involved in the movement. From her exploration of the Anabaptists, she plans to write about the symbiotic relationship of ideas and behavior as evidenced in history and share her work at a scholarly conference as well as with her history students.

The Jo Marshall Leadership Award (Marshall Award) is named in honor of Somerset Community College President Dr. Jo Marshall of Kentucky. She previously served as long-time advisor to the Pi Pi Chapter in Alabama and as Alabama Regional Coordinator. In addition to serving as a Leadership Development Certification Program Facilitator, Dr. Marshall is also Chair of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees.

The Marshall Award was created to encourage the professional growth of Phi Theta Kappa advisors by providing a $5,000 stipend for the completion of a project that leads to personal leadership growth beyond the completion of professional degrees.

Harris received the 2017 Marshall Award for her project proposal, “Never Again? A Study of the Holocaust and Leadership Implications.”

She will conduct an intensive study of the leadership failures that ultimately produced the Holocaust and the legitimacy of the rallying cry “Never Again” through the use of primary and secondary sources, by taking an online course from Yad Vashem of the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, and by traveling to Jerusalem to participate in a three-week seminar on the Holocaust. From her exploration of the Holocaust, Harris plans to develop a special leadership symposium to teach as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of her Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development course.





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