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February 20, 2007
For Immediate Release
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Communiactions Studies instructor Deena Bisig is one of just 24 people selected for the national honor

Clark College communications instructor Deena BisigVANCOUVER, Wash.Clark College instructor Deena Bisig has been selected as a Faculty Scholar for the 2007 Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar Conference and 2007 Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Institute.

Bisig, 28, who teaches communications studies at Clark College, is one of only 24 people who were selected for the honor from a large pool of applicants.  Applicants must be Phi Theta Kappa advisors who have exhibited exceptional knowledge of the current honors study topic, Gold, Gods, and Glory: The Global Dynamics of Power, and demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Bisig, who resides in Vancouver, was cited in the 2005-2006 edition of Who’s Who of American Teachers.  She holds a Master of Science degree in communication studies and journalism from South Dakota State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational communication from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska.  Her master’s dissertation focused on individual student learning styles.

She joined Clark College as a part-time instructor in spring 2001 and has taught full-time at Clark since fall 2003.   In 2005, she was nominated for Clark College’s Exceptional Faculty Award.  In 2006, she was honored as “Accomplished and Under 40” by the Vancouver Business Journal.

At Clark College, Bisig advises more than 70 students each quarter and serves as advisor to the college’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.

Bisig said she is honored to receive the award. “I am blessed to come to a job on a daily basis that I enjoy,” she said.  “I’ve especially enjoyed experiencing the growth of our own Phi Theta Kappa chapter this past year.  It is an honor to be selected as a Faculty Scholar and to work with so many students and colleagues from the around the nation.”

Clark College interim president Robert K. Knight said, “Deena Bisig is an outstanding instructor.  She also devotes countless hours serving as an advisor to our students and advisor to our own chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.  So it’s especially gratifying that the national honor society is acknowledging her excellence.”

The Faculty Scholar Conference, sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, was held at Phi Theta Kappa’s Center for Excellence in Jackson, Mississippi, February 1-4, 2007. The Faculty Scholar Conference prepares the Faculty Scholars to serve as group facilitators at the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Institute. During the conference, Faculty Scholars heard presentations on a variety of issues concerning the global dynamics of power and participated in discussion groups throughout the four-day conference.

The 39th annual International Honors Institute will be held at the Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, on June 18-23, 2007. During this conference, Bisig and the other Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholars will lead groups of 15-20 honor students in seminar discussions of the issues presented throughout the week.

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,200 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than two million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 100,000 students inducted annually.


EDITORS’ NOTE:  For more information on the 2007 Faculty Scholars and Phi Theta Kappa Honors programs, contact Susan Edwards, Director of Honors Programs at 800-946-9995, ext. 3541, or by e-mail at

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