Dr. Christine Solomon, Head of the Accounting Department at Trident Technical College in South Carolina; and Professor Amy MacPherson, Division Chair & Faculty Director of the Teaching & Learning Center at South Mountain College in Arizona; were elected as 2013-2014 Co-Secretaries of the Association of Chapter Advisors (ACA) during Phi Theta Kappa’s 2013 Annual Convention in San Jose, April 4-6.
The ACA is a non-dues paying organization for all Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisors. ACA officers may be called upon to serve on various committees, act as facilitators for advisor enrichment, and provide feedback to Headquarters Staff on a variety of Society issues and programs. Each ACA Officer serves a four-year term beginning in the position of Secretary then advancing to Vice Chair, Chair, and Past-Chair positions.
To complement Phi Theta Kappa’s four divisions, the Society recently adopted a new structure that includes four ACA Officers, each representing a division. This structure provides greater opportunity to advisors from each division to serve Phi Theta Kappa at the international level, and also mirrors the International Officer Team, which consists of a President and International Vice President for each Division. To learn more about Phi Theta Kappa’s geographic divisions, visit http://www.ptk.org/sites/default/files/docs/IntlOfficers/ptkdivisions_map.pdf.
Currently Professor Steve Fritts, Ozarks Technical Community College, Missouri (Division III), serves as ACA Past-Chair; Professor Richard Georges, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, British Virgin Islands (Division II), is Chair; and Dr. Liesl Harris, Jefferson State Community College, Alabama (Division II), is Vice-Chair. The two newly elected advisors represent Division I and Division IV and will serve as co-officers throughout their four-year terms.
Dr. Solomon has served as advisor for the Alpha Epsilon Omicron Chapter for eight years and as a Faculty Scholar for Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Institutes in 2012 and 2013. Among the chapter’s achievements was the election of member Casey Romero-Tobia, who served as 2012-2013 Division I International Vice President, and being named Most Distinuished Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in 2007.
Professor MacPherson has served as advisor of the Alpha Eta Delta Chapter for 11 years and her chapter consistently maintains Five-Star status. She has also coordinated registration for regional events, presented as a speaker at Regional Honors Institutes and facilitated the Arizona Region’s Phi Theta Kappa trivia contest, the Cactus Bowl.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.