Each year at Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention, five students are elected to serve a one-year term as International Officers. This is the highest position of student leadership within the organization. The International Officer Team includes a president and four vice presidents, each representing one of the Society’s four geographic divisions.
Campaigning for International Office
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. Download a map of the Society’s four divisions.
What do International Officers do?
- Preside at the Annual Convention and Honors Institute
- Give speeches and workshops about Phi Theta Kappa’s programs at regional meetings
- Write articles for Society communications
- Participate in local chapter activities
- Set goals for their term in office
What are the benefits of serving as an International Officer?
- Engagement with PTK Staff and Society leaders throughout the term in office
- Individual transfer and career coaching to help International Officers reach their person and professional goals
- 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 PTK International Headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi
- Honors Institute
- Regional Conferences
- PTK Catalyst Annual Convention
- Other conferences as assigned
- $2,000 scholarship and the International Officer pearl-accented lapel pin upon successful completion of term in office
Who is eligible to run for International Office?
Any current member in good standing and enrolled in at least one course at their college where they are a PTK member is eligible. A candidate must have their college president and chapter advisor’s approval to seek international office, since they would be representing both.
How do I receive an application?
The 2022 application link will be posted on this webpage in Fall 2021. Or, you may contact Jennifer Stanford to request one be emailed to you as soon as they are available.
When is the application due at Headquarters?
The 2022 applications are due Friday, February 4, 2022.
Who may serve as campaign manager?
Headquarters does not require a candidate to have a campaign manager. However, if a campaign manager is appointed, they 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. While chapter advisors and Regional Coordinators may not serve on a campaign team, they may provide guidance to a candidate behind-the-scenes.
Are scholarships available for International Officer candidates?
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.
What are the enrollment requirements if elected?
If you are elected, you will be required to be enrolled at the college where you are a PTK member during the one-year term in office. Headquarters recommends International Officers complete at least six credit hours in each of at least two semesters/quarters at their college during the one-year term in office in order to allow them to remain active in their local chapter.
International Officers are allowed to be dually enrolled; however, we strongly encourage the International Officer to take most of their coursework at the college where they are a member.