Association of Chapter Advisors

Michelle Gietl

Michelle Gietl
Chair
Representing Division IV
Alpha Sigma Xi Chapter
Columbia Gorge Community College
The Dalles, OR
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Michele Coach

Michelle Coach
Vice Chair
Representing Division I
Alpha Lambda Zeta Chapter
Asnuntuck Community College
Enfield, CT
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Kari Kahler

Dr. Kari Kahler
Secretary
Representing Division III
Alpha Rho Pi Chapter
Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City, Michigan
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Jackie Pierce

Jackie Pierce
Immediate Past Chair
Representing Division II
Rho Eta Chapter
Lake Sumter State College
Leesburg, Florida
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About the Association of Chapter Advisors

All Phi Theta Kappa chapter advisors are members of the Association of Chapter Advisors, or ACA, an organization that meets annually at each Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention.

The ACA board includes four ACA Officers, one from each of Phi Theta Kappa's four divisions. This structure provides opportunity for advisors from each division to serve Phi Theta Kappa at the international level.

Advisors attending the Annual Convention elect ACA Officers to serve as liaisons between their fellow advisors and the Headquarters staff.

The Role of the ACA Officers

Each ACA officer serves a four-year term beginning with Secretary then advancing to Vice Chair, Chair and Immediate Past Chair. The officers …

  • give feedback to the Headquarters staff on a variety of Society issues and programs;
  • assist in planning the program for the annual ACA meeting and preside during the Annual Convention’s Advisors Event;
  • and may be called upon to serve on various committees and act as facilitators for advisor enrichment.

Officers receive ACA officer pins reflecting their time of service. Phi Theta Kappa provides travel expenses for the ACA Chair to travel to the Annual Convention. The Chair also receives an engraved gavel upon completion of his or her term of service.

ACA Officer Nomination Process

  • Call for ACA Secretary nominations opens each year approximately 2-3 months prior to PTK Catalyst.
  • Nominees must be serving as an advisor in the Division for which they are nominated.
  • Advisors in any division may nominate.
  • The nominator should gain permission from the nominee before submitting the nomination.
  • ACA Officers cannot nominate a candidate, but they can encourage others to nominate or be nominated.
  • All advisors at Convention may vote, regardless of their division.

Divisional Election Cycle

  • In 2020, a division representative will be elected for Division II.
  • In 2021, a division representative will be elected for Division IV.
  • In 2022, a division representative will be elected for Division I.
  • In 2023, a division representative will be elected for Division III.