Campaigning for International Office

The International Officer Candidate Application will be available in Fall 2019. Completed applications are due February 12, 2020.

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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, 18 years of age or older, 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. Elected International Officers must be able to travel unaccompanied during their year in office.

The online application will be available in October 2019. Please contact Jennifer Stanford with any questions.

The application must be submitted online by Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

To prevent Society constituents from being overwhelmed with campaigning prior to PTK Catalyst, we have established a few campaign rules related to campaigning before PTK Catalyst:

Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters will post details about all confirmed candidates on our website a few weeks prior to PTK Catalyst.

Candidates and/or their supporters may NOT send mass emails or printed mailings at any time.

Candidates can be introduced and make brief remarks at THEIR Spring Regional Conventions.

A candidate may campaign via social media for a designated period. The Campaign Rules provide further information.

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.