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Welcome to the 2022 International Officer Candidate Application!

The 2021-22 International Officers (from left to right):

  • Division IV Vice President Taylor Fukunaga, Waipahu High School Early College, Hawaii
  • Division I Vice President Bri Barone, Anne Arundel Community College, Maryland
  • Division II Vice President Sadokat "Saddy" Khakimova, San Jacinto College - South, Texas
  • International President Tala Alahmar, Oakland Community College - Auburn Hills, Michigan
  • Division III Vice President Catreese Qualls, Schoolcraft College, Michigan

    For more information on your current International Officers, visit https://www.ptk.org/leadership/international-officers/ 

Thank you for your interest in this exceptional leadership opportunity! The pages ahead contain the campaign guidelines and application forms necessary for running for Phi Theta Kappa International Office. This application is extensive so we do not expect you to complete it in one sitting.

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  • Please Note: only those members who complete AND SUBMIT the application are considered candidate applicants. In other words, you are NOT obligating yourself to be a candidate by partially filling out this application.

  • Completed applications must be submitted online no later than Friday, February 4, 2022. 

  • We encourage you to download the International Officer Candidate Application for easy reference and to share it with your chapter advisor(s) and campaign manager (if applicable).

  • International Officers are required to be primarily enrolled at their chapter's college during the one-year term in office. 

  • Your Phi Theta Kappa HQ Staff is here to assist you through the entire process so please contact International Officer Campaign Coordinator Jennifer Stanford at jennifer.stanford@ptk.org or 601.984.3532 with any questions. 


Introduction/Online Forms

Candidacy Introduction with Campaign Timelines
Overview of Application Materials
Candidate Information Form
Campaign Manager Information Form
Candidate Profile Form
Candidate Future Plans Form


Campaign Rules Section

Eligibility/General Campaign Rules
Funding Guidelines
Candidate Campaign Materials
Semi-Finalist Campaign Booth
Candidate Caucuses
Candidate's Honors Study Topic Speeches
Election Process

International Officer Information

International Officer Responsibilities
International Officer Honor Code
Professional Guidelines for International Officers
Phi Theta Kappa Code of Ethics


Supplemental Candidate Materials
(to be uploaded)

Statement of Support (signed by College President and Chapter Advisor)
Two Letters of Recommendation (PTK individual and non-PTK individual)
Candidate Information Piece Final Draft
Honors Study Topic Speech
Unofficial Transcript
Candidate Official Photo
Candidate's Additional "Candid" Photos
Candidate Introductory Questionnaire

Final Submission Page

Phi Theta Kappa is committed to the elimination of unlawful discrimination in connection with all employment relationships, business operations, and programs. Discrimination based on gender, family or marital status, race, color, national origin, military or veteran status, economic status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, genetic information or history, age, disability, political affiliation, and cultural and religious backgrounds is prohibited. 

Membership eligibility is determined by the local chapter in accordance with membership criteria established by the Phi Theta Kappa Constitution and Bylaws.


(This question is mandatory)


PTK Catalyst 2022, Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention, is currently planned for April 7-9 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. New for 2022, our hybrid model will engage both in-person and remote participants in the Catalyst experience for our most inclusive event yet. Five International Officers will be elected during the Convention:

International President

Division I Vice President

Division II Vice President

Division III Vice President

Division IV Vice President

Phi Theta Kappa's four divisions are outlined here.


The International Officer Campaign and Election will be segmented as follows. These dates are subject to change.

Mid-February 2022
Headquarters-confirmed candidates may begin campaigning via their social media accounts (see Campaign Communications section for more info.) 

February 14-18, 2022
Through pre-scheduled appointments, candidates will be recorded via Zoom with HQ Staff delivering their first Honors Study Topic Speech and being interviewed for the Candidate Caucus. 

February 28, 2022
Phi Theta Kappa launches International Officer Campaign Website featuring candidates' photos, information piece PDFs, introductory questionnaires, and Speech/Caucus videos. 

Preliminary Election – March 9, 2022
All chapters
may select one active member to serve as their Voting Delegate who will cast the chapter’s votes in ALL five International Officer races. Chapters are NOT required to attend PTK Catalyst in order to vote in the Preliminary Election. The top four candidates from each race will proceed as Candidate Semi-Finalists at PTK Catalyst.

March 10, 2022
Candidate Semi-Finalists are officially announced. HQ contacts all Semi-Finalists to book their travel and hotel (if applicable) to PTK Catalyst. 

March 21, 2022
Candidate Semi-Finalists submit second Honors Study Topic Speech for approval by HQ Staff. This speech will be delivered during PTK Catalyst.

April 6-9, 2022

Campaign events are held during PTK Catalyst (see details below in Catalyst schedule).

Semi-Finalist Election – April 8, 2022
All chapters registered for PTK Catalyst may select one active member to serve as their Voting Delegate who will cast the chapter’s votes in ALL five International Officer races during PTK Catalyst.

Candidate Semi-Finalists will participate in Political Rally events on Thursday, April 7, and will deliver their second Honors Study Topic Speeches on Friday, April 8. Polling will then open to narrow the race to the 10 Candidate Finalists, the two candidates with the most votes in each race.

The 10 Candidate Finalists will be announced at Friday evening’s General Session and will be interviewed by Phi Theta Kappa's President/CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner in the Finalist Caucus during Saturday morning’s General Session on April 9.

Final Election – April 9, 2022
Immediately following Saturday morning’s General Session, Chapter Voting Delegates will cast their final ballots in all five races. The 2022-2023 International Officers will be announced and installed during Saturday evening’s Hallmark Awards Gala.



Phi Theta Kappa will pay for 20 Candidate Semi-Finalists to participate in PTK Catalyst in Denver, Colorado, if they choose to travel*. Travel, hotel, meals, and registration will be covered. Expected travel dates are Wednesday, April 6 - Sunday, April 10. Headquarters will provide Semi-Finalists with full instructions on travel/hotel arrangements immediately following the Preliminary Election in March 2022.

Note: Semi-Finalists have the option of participating in all campaign events virtually if they do not wish to travel.

All times listed are Mountain Time.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
3:00 - 4:30 pm: Mandatory Candidate Orientation (one campaign manager per candidate may also attend)
5:00 - 5:45 pm: Candidate Rehearsal for Friday's General Session
6:30 - 7:30 pm: Candidate Dinner (candidates only)

Thursday, April 7, 2022 
8:00 - 9:30 am: Campaign Booth Set-Up in Marketplace
During the Day: Campaigning at Booth (virtual campaigning time to be determined)
9:00 - 10:30 pm: Political Rally/Marketplace (candidates must be present at their booths)

Friday, April 8, 2022
9:30 - 11:30 am: Candidate Semi-Finalist Speeches during General Session 2
11:30 am - 4:00 pm: Election to Narrow Race to 10 Candidate Finalists
6:00 - 7:30 pm: Candidate Finalists Announced During General Session 4

Saturday, April 9, 2022
8:30 - 9:30 am: ALL Candidate Meeting/Orlowski Candidate Award Presentation
10:00 - 11:45 am: Candidate Finalist Caucus Interview During General Session 5
11:45 am - 4:00 pm: Final Election
5:30 - 7:30 pm: Announcement/Installation of 2022-23 International Officers at Hallmark Awards Gala
7:30 - 9:00 pm: New International Officer Dinner Meeting

Sunday, April 10, 2022
Safe Travels Home


During PTK Catalyst, ALL candidates will vote for one of their peers for the Steve Orlowski Candidate Award, a $1,500 stipend presented annually to an International Officer Candidate who best reflects the ideals of the Society during the campaign. The award honors the memory of 1986-87 North Central Vice President Steve Orlowski, Theta Omega Chapter, Wilbur Wright College, Chicago, Illinois. The award recipient is also presented with a framed medallion plaque.


Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters provides International Officers with the following benefits:

  • Professional Development Opportunities such as strengthening public speaking, goal setting, collaborative, and organizational skills while representing the Society

  • Engagement with PTK Staff and Society leaders throughout the term in office

  • Individual transfer and career coaching to help International Officers reach their personal and professional goals

  • Stipend to support International Officers' work in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters

  • If travel is permitted during the term in office*, Headquarters will provide travel, accommodation, and registration expenses for all Headquarters-approved travel.  

  • $2,000 scholarship and the International Officer pearl-accented lapel pin upon successful completion of the term in office

    * Due to uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, virtual training and conferences may be substituted for face-to-face events.


I have read and understood the International Officer Candidacy Introduction.