INTERNATIONAL OFFICER CANDIDACY INTRODUCTION
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:
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.
2022 INTERNATIONAL OFFICER CAMPAIGN & ELECTION TIMELINE
The International Officer Campaign and Election will be segmented as follows. These dates are subject to change.
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
Final Election – April 9, 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.
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.
TENTATIVE CAMPAIGN SCHEDULE DURING PTK CATALYST 2022
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
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ORLOWSKI CANDIDATE AWARD
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.
INTERNATIONAL OFFICER BENEFITS
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.