August 16, 2018

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has appointed five college faculty members to serve on its Honors Program Council and help direct its honors programming for the next four years.

Each member will represent a specific discipline on the Council and will serve a four-year term effective July 2018. The new Honors Program Council members are:

  • Rahul Kane, STEM Representative, Century College, Minnesota
  • Dr. Rosie Banks, Humanities Representative, Harold Washington College, Illinois
  • Steve Fritts, Leadership Development Representative, Ozarks Technical Community College, Missouri
  • Dr. Terri Smith Ruckel, Humanities Representative, Pearl River Community College-Forrest County Center, Mississippi
  • Dr. Mitch Stimers, STEM Representative, Cloud County Community College, Kansas

The Honors Program Council is composed of Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisors and consultants. The group selects the Society’s Honors Study Topic, an interdisciplinary focus used by chapters and colleges as the basis for honors study in discussions, courses, seminars, and Honors in Action Projects.

The Council helps plan Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Institute, a week-long summer conference focusing on the Honors Study Topic, and the Faculty Scholar Conference to train Honors Institute small-group leaders. Council members also serve on the Editorial Board of Civic Scholar: Phi Theta Kappa Journal of Undergraduate Research.

“We are privileged to have these five advisors as members of our Honors Program Council,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “Their vast teaching and administrative experience will be invaluable to the Council in developing and exploring future Honors Study Topics. We welcome their expertise as dedicated Phi Theta Kappa advisors and as highly respected members of their colleges.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at