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Clark College News and Events

March 3, 2009

For Immediate Release

For additional information: 

Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of
Communications and Marketing Telephone:  360-992-2921




Clark College communications studies professor Deena Bisig
has been selected as a Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar

Communications studies professor Deena BisigVANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark College communications studies professor Deena Bisig has been selected as a Faculty Scholar for the 2009 Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar Conference and 2009 Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Institute. 

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,250 chapters on two-year and community college campuses throughout the United States and around the world. 

Bisig is one of only 24 people who were selected for this honor from a large pool of applicants. Applicants must be Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) advisors who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and who have exhibited exceptional knowledge of PTK’s current honors study topic, “The Paradox of Affluence:  Choices, Challenges, and Consequences.” 

The Faculty Scholar Conference was held from January 29 through February 1 at Phi Theta Kappa’s Center for Excellence in Jackson, Mississippi.  It featured presentations from authors Davar Ardalan and Randall Kennedy as well as archeologist and professor Michael Galaty.  It also included a visit to Oxford, Miss., home of author William Faulkner. 

The conference prepared Bisig and the other PTK Faculty Scholars to serve as group facilitators at the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Institute.   During that conference, which will be held at the University of Richmond in late June, Bisig and the other PTK Faculty Scholars will lead groups of 15-20 honor students in seminar discussions relating to “The Paradox of Affluence.”

Bisig said, “Serving as a Faculty Scholar is a tremendous honor. My primary responsibility will be to facilitate meaningful academic discussions with the students immediately after they have an opportunity to hear our speakers.”  She added, “Phi Theta Kappa is founded on four ‘Hallmarks’:  scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship.  While the focus of this conference will be on scholarship, I am positive that everyone will experience the other three hallmarks as well.   The truth is I learn just as much from the students I work with as they do from me.  What a gift!” 

In 2007, Deena Bisig received the General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award.   That award is presented annually to encourage and recognize the leadership potential of the next “greatest generation.” Selection for this award is based on demonstrated leadership abilities, commitment to public service, academic achievement, and potential for ongoing leadership roles in public service.

In 2006, Deena Bisig was honored as “Accomplished and Under 40” by the Vancouver Business Journal.



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