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We'd love for you to be among our next group of Faculty Scholars!

The next application period will open in July 2019. Direct questions to Associate Vice President of Honors Programming Susan Edwards at

2018/2019 Faculty Scholars

Meet our Faculty Scholars

The Honors Institute, an annual international Phi Theta Kappa event. The event features fascinating speakers, small group seminars, educational field trips and experiential activities.

New for 2018/2019!

For the 2018 Honors Institute, we will select Faculty Scholars, who will serve terms, from among the Society’s chapter advisors, Advisor Emeriti, and alumni. Those chosen from the applications submitted in fall 2017 will serve as Faculty Scholars for both the 2018 and 2019 Honors Institutes.

Applicants will submit a 2-3 minute video discussing the 2018/2019 Honors Study Topic and will submit the video via email along with the rest of the Faculty Scholar application. No fancy equipment? No worries! You may use your phone or any other technology that can be saved as a video file to record your informed commentary about the Honors Study Topic question you select to discuss. Check the application for more detailed information about the 2018/2019 Honors Study Topic.

The 2018 Honors Institute will feature Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development Program as it relates to the new Honors Study Topic! 2018/2019 Faculty Scholars will be certified to teach the leadership curriculum during the 2018 Faculty Scholar Conference at the Center for Excellence in Jackson, Mississippi, January 31-February 4. Already certified? That’s great – and you can still apply to be a Faculty Scholar and learn during the 2018 Faculty Scholar Conference how to connect the curriculum to the Honors Study Topic.

Faculty Scholar Benefits

Faculty Scholars often refer to this experience as one of the best professional development opportunities in which they have participated. Benefits often include the following:

  • Increasing one’s knowledge and understanding of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Being challenged and inspired by the questions and comments from conscientious colleagues and honor students with varied backgrounds
  • Developing ideas to enhance chapter and regional Honors in Action programming
  • Gathering ideas, study questions and bibliographies to be used in their own classrooms


All Phi Theta Kappa advisors, regional coordinators, Advisor Emeriti, and alumni are eligible to apply, except those who served as Faculty Scholars in 2016/2017. Note: Only advisors who intend to continue to serve as Phi Theta Kappa advisors, advisor emeriti, or alumni who plan to be active throughout the full 2018-20 academic years may apply.


Selection of Faculty Scholars will be based primarily on the quality of the application. We are particularly looking for candidates with the following characteristics:

  • Experience facilitating small-group discussions
  • Intellectual curiosity and empathy and interest in Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Study Topic and Leadership Development Program
  • Understanding of and/or willingness to learn about Honors in Action (HiA) to facilitate discussions about ways to connect Honors Institute programming and chapter development of HiA projects
  • Diversity of intellectual perspective, religion, education, socio-economic status, culture, race, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability status, veteran status and family status, length of service to Phi Theta Kappa, geographic location, and field of study is indispensable to our vision of ensuring an inclusive class of Faculty Scholars.


Faculty Scholars receive intensive training and preparation to serve in their roles. Advisors selected as Faculty Scholars must attend both training sessions.

  • Faculty Scholar Conference Round 1 – The 2018 Faculty Scholar Conference, Part 1 will be held at Phi Theta Kappa’s Center for Excellence in Jackson, Mississippi, January 31-February 4.
  • Faculty Scholar Conference Round 2 – onsite at the Honors Institute location days prior to the Honors Institute