Cañada Professor Named Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar

Cañada College Economics Professor Paul Roscelli has been named a Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar for the eighth time in his career. He is one of 26 community college instructors selected from among nearly 3,000 chapter advisors to serve as Phi Theta Kappa’s 2014 Faculty Scholars.

The group will participate in the annual Faculty Scholar Conference in the British Virgin Islands, Jan. 29 through Feb. 2. During the Conference, the Scholars will prepare to serve as facilitators during Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Institute, to be held June 16-21, at Washington University in St. Louis.

While attending the Honors Institute, these Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholars will lead groups of 15-20 honor students in seminar discussions of the issues presented by experts on the topic throughout the week. The Scholars will attend Part II of the Faculty Scholar Conference prior to the Honors Institute, June 14-16, at Washington University.

“The Faculty Scholar Conference is recognized internationally as one of the finest professional development programs available for community college faculty members,” said Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director and CEO Dr. Rod Risley. “Intense training is provided by nationally recognized scholars to prepare the Faculty Scholars to serve as facilitators for the Honors Institute, which is attended by approximately 500 Phi Theta Kappa members and chapter advisors from around the world and praised as ‘the crown jewel of honors programming experiences.’ ”

Beta Zeta Nu is Cañada College's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. It has been honored as one of the premier chapters in the country. It was recognized at the 2013 honor society's international convention as one of the organization's most distinguished chapters. Beta Zeta Nu was named the Most Distinguished Chapter in the Nevada-California Region and the sixth most distinguished chapter out of 1300 chapters internationally.

Last year, the Cañada chapter received the College Project Award for its organization of the Evening of Academic Excellence which annually recognizes the area's top high school scholars. The chapter also received the Honors in Action Award for a study on academic integrity that several members presented at the annual Bay Honors Research Symposium.

The Cañada chapter was the only West Coast chapter to be named to the Top 10 in the Most Distinguished Chapter polling last year. It is the second consecutive year Beta Zeta Nu has earned the honor.

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