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Welcome to the 2024 International Officer Candidate Application!

The 2023-24 International Officers (from left to right):

  • Division IV Vice President Jasmine Garcia, Mohave Community College, Arizona
  • Division II Vice President Leticia Laranjeira, Dallas College - North Lake, Texas
  • International President Liam Blakeway, Lone Star College - CyFair, Texas
  • Division I Vice President Seong Kim, Northampton Community College-Monroe, Pennsylvania
  • Division III Vice President Luis Medina, College of DuPage, Illinois

    For more information on your current International Officers, visit     

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.

  • Completed applications must be submitted online no later than 5:00 pm CST, Monday, February 5, 2024. 

  • PLEASE Download this International Officer Candidate Application for easy reference and share it with your chapter advisor(s) and campaign manager (if applicable).

  • This site requires you to fill out a page before moving to the next section.

    • Set up a username (CANNOT be your email address) and password so you can easily access your Saved Answers over multiple visits.

    • Each time you're on the site, click on "Load Unfinished Survey" button at the top of the page.

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

  • International Officers must be primarily enrolled at their chapter's college during the one-year term in office. Specifically, officers must complete at their chapter’s college at least six credit hours* each semester during the academic year of their 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 Dr. Samantha Levy at or 601.984.3543 with any questions. 


Introduction/Online Forms To Be Completed*

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
Semifinalist 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 2024, Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention, is scheduled for April 4-6 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. 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.

February 5, 2024
Candidate Applications are due by 5pm CST. Headquarters follows up with all candidate applicants after review. 

February 13-15, 2024
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. 

Late February 2024
HQ will set a date for candidates to begin campaigning via their social media accounts (see Campaign Communications section for more info.) Social Media campaigning is optional.

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

Preliminary Election – March 6, 2024
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 Semifinalists at PTK Catalyst.

March 7, 2024
Candidate Semifinalists are officially announced. Headquarters contacts Semifinalists to confirm their travel and hotel for PTK Catalyst in Orlando.

March 20, 2024
Candidate Semifinalists submit second Honors Study Topic Speech for approval by HQ Staff. This speech will be delivered during PTK Catalyst.

April 3-6, 2024

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

Semifinalist Election – April 5, 2024
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 Semifinalists will participate in Political Rally events on Thursday, April 4, and will deliver their second Honors Study Topic Speeches on Friday, April 5. 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 afternoon’s General Session. They 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 6.

Final Election – April 6, 2024
Immediately following Saturday morning’s General Session, Chapter Voting Delegates will cast their final ballots in all five races. The 2024-2025 International Officers will be announced and installed during Saturday evening’s Hallmark Awards Gala.

Newly-Elected International Officer Meeting - April 7, 2024
HQ staff will meet over breakfast with the newly-elected International Officers to provide first assignments. We recommend all Semifinalists' outgoing flights be scheduled after Noon on Sunday to allow their participation, if elected. ONE chapter advisor per International Officer is encouraged to attend this meeting.


Phi Theta Kappa pays for 20 Candidate Semifinalists to participate in PTK Catalyst in Orlando. Travel, hotel, meals, and registration will be covered. Expected travel dates are Wednesday, April 3 - Sunday, April 7, 2024.  Headquarters provide Semifinalists with full instructions on travel/hotel arrangements immediately following the Preliminary Election in March 2024.

All times listed are Eastern Time. Times are subject to change.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
3:00 - 4:30 pm: Mandatory Candidate Orientation (one campaign manager per candidate may also attend)
3:00 - 6:00 pm: Campaign Booth Set-Up by Campaign Team (optional)

5:00 - 5:45 pm: Candidate Rehearsal for Friday's General Session
6:30 - 7:30 pm: Candidate Dinner (candidates only)

Thursday, April 4, 2024

8:00 - 9:30 am Wrap up Campaign Booth Set-Up (if necessary)
During the Day: Campaigning at Booth
9:30 - 11:00 pm: Political Rally at Opportunity Expo (candidates must be present at their booths)

Friday, April 5, 2024
9:30 - 11:00 am: Candidate Semi-Finalist Speeches during General Session 2
11:00 am - 1:30 pm: Semifinalist Election to Narrow Race to 10 Candidate Finalists
11:30 - 12:30 pm: Conversations with Candidate Semifinalists
2:00 - 3:30 pm: Candidate Finalists Announced During General Session 3

Saturday, April 6, 2024
8:30 - 9:30 am: ALL Candidate Meeting
10:00 - 11:45 am: Candidate Finalist Caucus Interview During General Session 4
11:45 am - 2:30 pm: Final Election
5:00 - 7:00 pm: Announcement/Installation of 2024-25 International Officers at Hallmark Awards Gala
7:15 - 8:45 pm: Newly-Elected International Officer Dinner

Sunday, April 7, 2024
7:45 - 9:15 am: Newly-Elected International Officer Meeting
Safe Travels Home


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

  • The experience can best be compared to a one-year, unpaid executive internship consisting of professional development 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

  • Headquarters will provide travel, accommodation, and registration expenses for all Headquarters-approved travel*

  • $3,500 in leadership scholarships to support Officers' success both during and after their time in office  

  • International Officer pearl-accented lapel pin upon successful completion of the term in office

    * If necessary, virtual training and conferences may be substituted for face-to-face events.


I have read and understood the International Officer Candidacy Introduction.