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Anderson to explore global perspectives as PTK scholar

Dr. Roxanna Anderson, a psychology professor on the Boca Raton campus, was one of 30 faculty members chosen nationwide to serve as a 2016-17 Faculty Scholar for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the world’s largest honor society for two-year college students.

As a faculty scholar, Anderson will attend the 2016 Faculty Scholar Conference Jan. 27-30 at the Center for Excellence in Jackson, Miss. and the 2016 Honors Institute June 20-25 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

AndersonsmallIn Jackson, Anderson will study Phi Theta Kappa’s honor study topic: How the World Works: Global Perspectives. She will hear a variety of speakers. Topics include: “Helen” by the ancient Greek playwright Euripides; Middle Eastern culture; and leadership in the world. She will also tour the house and museum of civil rights activist Medgar Evers.

At the Honors Institute, Anderson will hear speaker presentations on the honor study topic and then facilitate discussions among 15 to 18 Honors Institute participants in small group seminars.

She will also be invited to Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, NerdNation, April 7-9 in National Harbor, Md. and be recognized during an advisor luncheon.

“We are thrilled to have Roxanna join us as a Faculty Scholar,” said Susan Edwards, dean of academic affairs and Honors Programs at Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. “Roxanna’s application stood out in several ways. Her essay about how the same event can be perceived differently by different people or even differently by the same person when retold over time was exceptionally well-written. Her experience as a facilitator of honors students stood out as did the fact that she teaches Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development course. We know she will do an excellent job leading a seminar group at our 2016 Honors Institute at Wake Forest.”

Due to the excellence of Anderson’s essay, she was asked to be an Academy Facilitator. The role requires her to arrive a day before the conference general session and meet with students on a particular topic and then engage them in critical thinking exercises.

Anderson, along with the other scholars, will take what they learn at the conferences and share their knowledge with chapter members and people in their Phi Theta Kappa regions.

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