Phi Theta Kappa Announces 2016/2017 Faculty Scholars

Thirty community college instructors have been selected from among nearly 3,000 chapter advisors to serve as Phi Theta Kappa’s 2016/2017 Faculty Scholars.

Among those selected as Faculty Scholars are eight advisors who were chosen to serve on Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Program Council. Members of the council serve four-year terms and help assess the Society’s honors programming. They have also been charged with developing the 2016/2017 Honors Study Topic, How The World Works: Global Perspectives.

The scholars were selected through a rigorous application process through which they demonstrated excellence in teaching or administration. The selection committee also considered where the applicant lives, the Phi Theta Kappa division in which they advise, the teaching or professional discipline and the variety in terms of the number of years the applicant has served as a chapter advisor. The result is a strong, diverse group of Faculty Scholars.

“We congratulate them for being selected to serve and for their willingness and desire to surpass the traditional duties of an advisor by contributing in this manner,” said Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs.

The group will attend the annual Faculty Scholar Conference at Phi Theta Kappa’s Center for Excellence in Jackson, Mississippi, January 27-30, where they will study the 2016/2017 Honors Study Topic and prepare to serve as discussion facilitators for the 2016 Honors Institute at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The group will also serve as Faculty Scholars for the 2017 Honors Institute.

“The Faculty Scholar Conference is recognized internationally as one of the finest professional development programs available for community college faculty members,” Edwards said. “We are proud to once again offer this intense training experience to a new crop of Faculty Scholars as they prepare to serve as facilitators for Honors Institute.

“Approximately 450 Phi Theta Kappa members and chapter advisors from around the world will join us at Wake Forest University for Honors Institute next year, and our Faculty Scholars will be ready to guide them through this pinnacle of honors programming experiences.”

During Honors Institute, the Faculty Scholars will lead groups of 15 to 18 honor students in seminar discussions of the issues presented by experts on the Honors Study Topic throughout the week.

Karen McCall Dale is the 2016/2017 Parnell Scholar. This scholarship goes to the Faculty Scholar whose application was judged to be the most outstanding among the applicants who have never before participated in NerdNation or Honors Institute. The scholarship covers registration, airfare and hotel for NerdNation 2016.

Dr. Rebecca Tate is the 2016/2017 Mayfield Scholar. This scholarship goes to the Faculty Scholar whose application was judged to be the most outstanding among the applicants who have not been certified to teach Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development Program. The scholarship covers registration for one of the summer certification sessions during Tate’s tenure as a Faculty Scholar.

The 2016/2017 Faculty Scholars, along with their community college, state and academic field, are

Dr. Gisela (Bennie) Ables
Houston Community College, Texas

Dr. Roxanna Anderson
Palm Beach State College, Florida

Dr. Rosie Banks
Harold Washington College, Illinois

Michael Bauer
Leeward Community College, Hawaii
Information and Computer Sciences

Kevin Blackwell
Neosho County Community College, Kansas

Cindy Carbone
Oakland Community College, Michigan

Justin Carvalho
Kaui Community College, Hawaii
Carpentry, Facilities Engineering and Maintenance

Dr. Lisa Draughon
Johnston Community College, North Carolina

Dr. Blake Ellis
Lone Star College-CyFair, Texas

Jo Fritts
Ozarks Technical Community College, Missouri
American Sign Language/Leadership/Adult Learning
Honors Program Council Member

Lori Garrett
Parkland College, Illinois

Cathy Gillis
Napa Valley College, California

Dr. Kari Kahler
Northwestern Michigan College, Michigan
Student Development, Higher Education and Adult Learning

Mary Linder
Grayson County College, Texas

Karen McCall Dale
Cleveland State Community College, Tennessee

Dr. Tomas Ramos
Tacoma Community College, Washington

Lara Roemer
Carl Sandburg College, Illinois
Political Science
Honors Program Council Member

Leila Rogers
Horry Georgetown Technical College, South Carolina

Glenn Rohlfing
Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado
Honors Program Council Member

Paul Roscelli
Cañada College, California

Dr. Sauda Smith
H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, British Virgin Islands
Honors Program Council Member

Chris Solomon
Trident Technical College, South Carolina
Honors Program Council Member

Dr. Leo Studach
Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana
Life and Physical Science

Dr. Rebecca Tate
Lone Star College-Tomball, Texas

Samuel Clay Wallace
Montgomery County Community College, Pennsylvania
Geography and Religious Studies

Dr. Melissa Weinbrenner
Northeast Texas Community College, Texas
Honors Program Council Member

Dr. Pat West
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Mississippi

Dr. Johannah Williams
Hinds Community College, Mississippi
Computer Science
Honors Program Council Member

Dr. Kevin Windham
Shelton State Community College, Alabama

Lisa York
Asheville-Buncombe Community College, North Carolina
Honors Program Council Member

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