Campaigning for International Office

The International Officer Candidate Application will reopen in Fall 2018.

Campaign Guidelines

Is Office for You?

Only five members each year are elected at the Annual Convention to serve as International Officers - the highest position of student leadership in Phi Theta Kappa! It is an awesome responsibility that comes with awesome benefits.

At every Annual Convention, chapter voting delegates elect five new International Officers: International President, Division I Vice President, Division II Vice President, Division III Vice President and Division IV Vice President.

International Officer responsibilities include presiding at the Annual Convention and the Honors Institute, promoting Phi Theta Kappa programs by delivering speeches and workshops at regional meetings and communicating with the chapters located in the International Officer's division. Find out more about the Society's four divisions.


Major responsibilities include:

Presiding at the Annual Convention and Honors Institute

Giving speeches and workshops about Phi Theta Kappa's programs at regional meetings

Writing articles for Society communications

Participating in local chapter activities

Setting goals for their term in office

Benefits of serving include:

Professional development opportunities such as strengthening public speaking, goal setting and organizational skills while representing the Society

Travel, accommodation, and registration expenses for all Headquarters-approved travel including:

International Officer Orientations at Center for Excellence in Jackson, MS;

Honors Institute;

Regional Conferences;

PTK Catalyst Annual Convention;

and other conferences as assigned.

$2,000 scholarship and the International Officer pearl-accented lapel pin upon successful completion of term in office

Any current member in good standing and enrolled in at least one course at their college is eligible. A candidate must have their college and chapter’s approval to seek international office, since they would be representing both.

The International Officer Candidate Application will reopen in Fall 2018. If you have any initial questions, please contact Jennifer Stanford by email at

The International Officer Candidate Application will reopen in Fall 2018. The deadline will be provided at that time.

Pre-Convention campaigning is discouraged. This helps keep campaign spending to a minimum and prevents Society constituents from being inundated with campaign messages prior to Convention. While the Internet makes it impossible to enforce a ban on pre-Convention campaigning, please note that Society constituents are generally NOT appreciative of campaigning prior to Convention.

Headquarters does not require a candidate to have a campaign manager. However, if a campaign manager is appointed, he/she must be an active member of Phi Theta Kappa (currently enrolled in a college). An alumni member or former International Officer may not serve in this leadership position. It is acceptable for alumni and former International Officers to support the candidate as a member of the campaign team.

  • One International Officer candidate is chosen each year to receive the $1,500 Orlowski Candidate Scholarship. The recipient is selected by vote of all International Officer candidates and honors the candidate who best exemplifies the Society Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship.
  • The Oberndorf Family Foundation Each International Officer Candidate Finalist (2 in each of the 5 races) will receive a $500 International Officer Finalist Award, generously provided by the Oberndorf Family Foundation.

If you are elected, you will be required to be exclusively enrolled at your current college, with the exception of high school students who are dually enrolled. Headquarters recommends International Officers take at least six credit hours in each of at least two semesters/quarters at their current college during the one-year term in office in order to allow them to remain active in their local chapter.


Questions can be directed to Jennifer Stanford or 601.984.3532.