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Why YOU Should Be a Faculty Scholar

Why YOU Should Be a Faculty Scholar

The 2018/2019 Faculty Scholar application is now available, and — new this year — advisors, alumni, and Advisors Emeriti may apply! The deadline is Wednesday, October 11.

To give you a glimpse into this unique program, we asked the most recent group of Faculty Scholars to share three things: reasons you should apply, unexpected benefits, and tips for completing the application. Read on.

9 reasons to apply to be a Faculty Scholar

1. You will receive the best professional development of your life.
2. You will make lifelong friends as you complete workshops, problem solve, and have a lot of fun.
3. You will be part of two consecutive years of Honors Institutes as a seminar group leader, and you will bond with the students in your groups in ways that you may find surprising and unexpected.
4. You will get to speak in informal ways with other faculty members to learn about what is and isn’t working at their colleges as it relates to PTK and to teaching more broadly, sparking ideas that could be used in your own research and classes.
5. You will travel to interesting, engaging, and fun locations — great adventures and experiences are always planned for the Faculty Scholars.
6. You will learn more about PTK programming and be better prepared to work with your own chapter in developing leadership skills and Honors in Action Projects.
7. You will learn a wide variety of small group facilitation techniques that could be used in a variety of settings.
8. You will be able to identify strengths and weaknesses in your own chapter’s past Honors in Action Projects and submissions, setting you up to become a better coach for your chapter.
9. You will connect with PTK Headquarters staff, who become friends and valuable resources as you implement PTK programs in your chapter.

11 unexpected benefits of serving as a Faculty Scholar

1. You will have amazing extra experiences as a Faculty Scholar. When I was petting a penguin at the Shedd Aquarium or marveling at the beauty of the Mission San Juan Capistrano, I was actually at work!
2. I didn’t expect to form the strong friendships with the other Faculty Scholars that I did. I became very close to several of them.
3. I learned to look through the eyes of others in different situations. My horizons were broadened in a way I did not expect. In some ways, becoming a Faculty Scholar has changed my entire way of thinking.
4. More free food than I could ever eat!
5. New teaching techniques that I still use in my classes.
6. A greater knowledge of “how things work” in the world and in the world of Phi Theta Kappa.
7. It prepared me to support my region with a Faculty Scholar-in-residence for its Regional Honors in Action Training.
8. The Faculty Scholar event in Savannah led to a national conference presentation, and the Honors Institute in Chicago provided me with some time for field work for a second national conference presentation.
9. The opportunity to build such a strong network of scholars for further research and advisor/chapter development.
10. It was incredible to see more than 75 percent of my seminar group on stage at the next international convention as Hallmark Award winners and International Officer candidates.
11. I didn’t expect to still have students from my seminar groups reaching out to me with questions or just wanting to update me on how things are going in their chapters. I love hearing from them!

9 tips for completing the Faculty Scholar application

1. Be you. Don’t try to mimic someone else’s application, and let your expertise, character, and uniqueness shine through your application.
2. Start early, and take it seriously. Invest time researching your subject before you compile your answers. It isn’t something you want to throw together in a few minutes.
3. Have someone proofread it before you submit it. Even the best eyes can overlook issues.
4. Think outside the box. Don’t be afraid to state and then challenge the often-implicit assumption built into the prompts.
5. Cite two authorities that support your response, and back up your conclusions with evidence and examples.
6. Consider looking at your answers from the student perspective to balance how your leadership and facilitation will enrich their experience as well.
7. Read the directions carefully, and make sure you answer the questions.
8. With respect to the question about the Honors Study Topic, discuss something that is meaningful to you. It will allow the selection committee to learn more about you.
9. Have a close colleague review your application. Getting feedback from someone who knows you well will help you see what may be missing in your answers.

Learn more about the Faculty Scholar program, and apply today. Questions? Email Susan Edwards, PTK’s Associate Vice President of Honors Programming.

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